America il Paradiso

Sara Angelucci

1997, 11:00 minutes, colour, Italian, English


This video addresses the complex and rich cultural history inherited by the children of immigrants. While official history is often presented as a single truth, "truth" is multi-layered and multi-valent. Through a layering of stories from Italian immigrants, images from Super 8 family films, and remembrances of my grandmother, America il Paradiso seeks to express the complexity of history. This work also questions how official history is written; who can speak and who cannot be heard. Stories found in everyday life are an important vehicle of reinscription for those who have been overlooked. Throughout the video, notions of home and exile are set against the immigrant dream of America the Paradise.

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