CINEMA SOTTO LE STELLE • Once Upon a Time in Brooklyno

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SPECIAL MOVIE EVENT! Watch the movie and meet the director!

Once Upon a Time in Brooklyno

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 pm

Once Upon a Time in Brooklyno is a journey into one of the largest and most famous Little Italy neigborhoods in the United States and the world: Bensonhurst, where you can feel the Italian vibe and find Italian traditions. It was here that most Italians landed after leaving behind their motherland in pursuit of the American dream and in search of a better life.

Attracted by all of this, Michele, an Italian who moved to Manhattan in 2003, decided to move to Bensonhurst in 2018, after discovering that he and his wife would soon become parents to twins. The couple decides to settle down in the heart of Little Italy, where Michele knew he would find everything he missed after all these years far from home.

Before long, Michele discovers that Bensonhurst is no longer what it used to be, and that many Italians no longer live in this area anymore. In search of what remains of the old neighborhood, Michele met with those immigrants who arrived in Bensonhurst 60 years ago. With so much nostalgia in their words, but especially in their eyes, they tell the history and traditions of this neighborhood – and why everyone left.

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    Saturdays, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, 2022
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    Join us for this series of workshops that will help you unearth memories of gifts you’ve given and/or received—tangible and not so tangible–and the relationships connected to them. The first two workshops will include short, vibrant readings and prompts that will help you create your own original writing on the theme, and the third is a revision workshop in which you’ll receive constructive feedback on a piece of writing you submit in advance.  

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