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Free Italian Film Festival In New Haven

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2004 ­ The Connecticut chapters of the Order Sons of Italy®® (OSIA) and its Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ) are among the co-sponsors of an Italian film festival, "Heart-throbs and Divas: The Politics of Desire in Italian Cinema."

It will be held at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in New Haven on Wednesday evenings Feb. 4 through April 21 at 7 p.m. All screenings are free and open to the public.

"The film series is an opportunity to highlight the best of Italian culture to counteract negative stereotyping by the media and the entertainment industry in America," said Roy L. De Barbieri, Esq, CSJ Chair in Connecticut.

All films are in Italian with English subtitles and will be followed by discussion sessions with commentators and film experts. Opening night is February 4 with "La Condanna" in 120 A Engelman Hall at Southern Connecticut State University.

The series continues with: "Il Bell'Antonio"(February 18); "La Strada" (March 10); "La Festa di Laura" (April 7); and "Malena" (April 21). Light refreshments will be served during the screenings. Attendees can participate in a door prize drawing. Prizes will be announced February 4 and awarded April 21.

The event is organized by the SCSU Department of Foreign Languages. The other sponsors include the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and Tommy K's Video.

For more information on the film series, call (323) 392-6750 or (323) 392-6202.

OSIA is the largest and oldest established national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. It has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.