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Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

June 26, 2017

What Does Immigration Mean?
with Aleksandar Hemon

Film still: L'America Film still: L'America


European Film of the Year
European Film Awards
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Producer
Italian National Syndicate
of Film Journalists
"Magnificently humane... supremely eloquent"
  —New York Times
Recommended "Masterful and extremely moving... a powerful piece of storytelling that recalls some of the best Italian neorealist films"
  —Chicago Reader

Gianni Amelio's powerful and moving film is set in another time and place—Communist-era Albania—but resonates today in capturing the complex personal circumstances which shape the dream and journey to America. Using a mix of professional and non-actors, Amelio creates a universe of moral conflict. Rarely seen but hailed as one of the great films of the 1980s, L'America touches on the personal issues which underlie so much of the myth, reality and misperception about immigration.

Directed by Gianni Amelio, Italy, 1994, 116 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.

Aleksandar Hemon is the much-awarded author of The Lazarus Project, The Question of Buno and Nowhere Man, and a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award and Guggenheim Fellowship. A native of Bosnia, his most recent books are The Book of My Lives and Making of Zombie Wars. He co-wrote the script of the film Love Island, and has written on film for magazines including The New Yorker.


  • Monday, June 26 at 6:30 pm

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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