<i>Se la pietra sapesse parlare/If Stone Could Speak</i> (2007), 67 min. Randy Croce, dir.

From 02 to 02 of December, 2008
( 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm )

Se la pietra sapesse parlare/If Stone Could Speak (2007), 67 min. Randy Croce, dir.

Thousands of stonecutters emigrated from northern Italy to Barre, Vermont, the “Granite Capital of the World.” These scalpellini carved impressive sculptures that still grace public spaces, churches, and cemeteries across America. This documentary follows the artisans and their families from quarries, workshops, and schools in Italy to granite carving sheds in New England. It chronicles the magnificent monuments of these master carvers, as well as their life and death struggle with silicosis. The film portrays the immigrants’ distinctive community in America and their continued ties with their areas of origin, as stonecutter families continue to move between the two countries and seek their own identities, choosing what to keep and what to cut away from their American and Italian legacies.

Post-screening discussion with the director led by visual artist B. Amore.

Calandra Italian American Institute