The Shameful Story

September 2020

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Non competitive section

Brief Synopsis:

A young woman, Fiorella, the fourth generation of emigrants to the American continent, a succesful fashion model, returns to Sicily from where her great-grandparents emigrated in 1910. She wants to research and investigates the story of her family and of the Great Italian migration that, at the turn of the 19th and early 20th centuries, brought more than five million Italians to the American continent. Fiorella meets a magical theatre and a company of street artists. Following those artists Fiorella also does a a journey to rediscover a part of her identity, unveiling also the most censored pages. The journey of those emigrants, who left to seek work and social redemption, becomes a metaphor for all the “journeys of hope” of the twentieth century.


Regia: Nella Condorelli
Production: Factory Film srl, Istituto Luce Cinecittà
Editing: Bruno e Fabrizio Urso
Cinematography: Vincenzo Condorelli
Running time: 78’
Country: Italy
Year: 2020
Contacts: Nella Condorelli │

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