Exclusive Screening ~ Pane Amaro/Bitter Bread, Documentary of the Italian-American Experience


“Pane Amaro”, immagine di copertina. Image via Italy.org.

The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) will present the documentary, Pane Amaro/Bitter Bread, a comprehensive depiction on film of the early Italian-American experience on the East Coast.  This feature-length documentary tracks “the social, economic, and political transformation of Italians from immigrant victims of violence and prejudice to respected member of American society.”

Pane Amaro/Bitter Bread (104 minutes in length) will be shown on Saturday, August 12 from 1:00 to 4:30pm at the Community Room of the Mulberry Street Public Library, 10 Jersey Street (between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets).

Director Gianfranco Morelli and co-producer Suma Kurien will take questions and discuss the making of the film.  Admission is Free.

Notes of interest from The Vito Marcantonio Forum:

Hosting: Gerald Meyer, Co-Chair of the VMF, Prof. at Hostos Community College, is author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, co-editor of The Lost World of Italian American Radicalism, and numerous articles. 
Reading Circle Open to All: Co-sponsored by the VMF and Chelsea Rising for an in-depth read of I Vote My Conscience: Debates, Speeches, and Writings of Vito Marcantonio, by Annette Rubinstein, meets on every 3rd Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:00 PM @ Penn South’s Community Room at 339 West 24th Street (between 8th & 9th Aves., closer to 9th Ave.). Copies of I Vote My Conscienceare available for a discounted price. The next session of the Reading Circle will take place on Aug. 16th.
The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months.
The VMF is an educational organization dedicated to preserving the history of the radical political tradition of East Harlem, the cultural backdrop of Italian Harlem and El Barrio and increasing awareness of the American Labor Party that Marcantonio led for years, educator Leonard Covello; Fiorello La Guardia; and the critical role of the Left that rallied around Marcantonio.

It should be noted that the documentary is being viewed during the celebration of the Feast of Giglio Di Sant’ Antonio, which takes place from Thursday, August 10th to Sunday, August 13th in East Harlem.