Vado verso dove vengo (I’m Going Where I Came From) is a documentary that tells the per- sonal stories of Lucanians who emigrated abroad and of those who returned and who stayed in the small towns of Lucania region - known today as Basilicata. From New York City to Aliano, from London to Castelmezzano, the voices of emigrants and of their descendan...

Is Italian truly the most beautiful language in the world? Once the language of philosophy and poetry, up to the point that John Milton could sing “questa è lingua di cui si vanta Amore” (this is the language of which Love makes his boast), in the late twentieth century Italian was certainly the language of football and fashion; but is this still t...

The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is happy to present CINEDÌ, a new series featuring ten Italian contemporary films available to the first 300 to register. Please note that the link & password you’ll receive upon registration are valid only for the specified date and time. The series will start Friday, Jun 5 at 8:30pm PST time.

Since its inception in 1947, the prestigious Premio Strega has been a mirror of the Italian cultural environment and its literary taste: its award-winning books have recounted our country, documenting its language, changes, and traditions. The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is part of the literary jury with 10 readers that will choose...

Dear Friends, in these difficult times, albeit at a distance, the Italian Cultural Institute continues to promote the beauty and richness of our cultural heritage. In this light, our newsletter will provide you with links to the many resources created by Italian cultural institutions and individual artists alike in their efforts to bring us closer...

2020 marks the 100th year since the birth of Italian Director Federico Fellini. He will be celebrated by Cinema Italia San Francisco through his movies at the Castro theatre on March 7th. Through a series of centennial tributes co-presented by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive from January 16, 2020 through May 17, 2020, Luce Cinecitt...

An event presented at The Italian American Heritage Foundation with the support of The Leonardo da Vinci Society and The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.  Post-screening discussion with the director, project manager Antonino Imbesi and art director writer Luigi Vitelli. Discussion led by Evelyn Ferraro from Santa Clara University and La...

On the occasion of Remembrance Day, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture presented an event dedicated to Italian writers who witnessed the Holocaust, in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The initiative is part of the numerous...

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day the Italian Cultural Institute is screening Shores of Light, a poignant untold story of warmth and compassion after a terrible war. Thousands of Jewish survivors arrived in Southern Italy after WWII, on their way to the land of Israel. To their surprise they were welcomed by the poor local Italians. At thi...

January 16–May 21, 2020. BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley CA. Federico Fellini (1920–1993) was a masterful artist of memory, dreams, fantasy, and desire. A central figure in the international art cinema movement that took off in the mid-1950s, he earned some of film’s highest honors, winning Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film for La...