Sun Dec 2, 2018 2:00pm

The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy

Sponsored by: New Haven Museum

Join the New Haven Museum for a free screening of The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy, a documentary by New Haven freelance writer and film maker Steve Hamm, who dwells in Wooster Square.

The Village captures the memories of long-time and former Wooster Square residents, including Frank Carrano, Theresa Argento, Congresswoman Rosa DeLaura, and restaurateur Claire Criscuolo, among others. Hamm pays homage to some of the neighborhood’s most beloved, traditional characteristics—food, work, family, religion, and politics—using interviews, photos from family albums, and historic films and photographs.

This memorable film explores the power of ethnic identity and reaffirms the importance of immigration to American society. Today, few descendants of the immigrants still live in Wooster Square, but vestiges of their community remain—in the church, the ethnic societies and their festas, and the pizza joints and pastry shops.

Hamm is a freelance writer and documentary film maker living on New Haven’s Wooster Square. He was a journalist for many years, working for the likes of BusinessWeek magazine and the San Jose Mercury News. Later he worked for IBM and Yale University School of Medicine as a writer and editor. He is the author or co-author of four books, most recently “Smart Machines,” about the revolution in artificial intelligence. He has made a number of short films, some of which have been published on the Web sites of the New Haven Register and the New Haven Independent. Most of his films are community-building projects; he does the work on a pro bono basis.

Admission: free
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