We’re thrilled to announce that Prof. Sabbadini is available for a 2nd presentation.

The first date sold out in a few days, so get your tickets now!

A compelling true story of Italian Jewish refugee, Alessandro (Alex) Sabbadini, who escaped Fascist Italy to America on the eve of WWII only to join the fight in Italy with the U.S. 5th Army. He joined the fight for personal reasons – to liberate Italy and his Jewish family who were being pursued by the Fascists and the Nazis.

Author biography: Roger Sabbadini is an Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University and Co-founder of SDSU’s Institute for International Security and Conflict Resolution. Currently, he is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Sabbadini is the eldest son of Alex Sabbadini, the subject of this presentation.

November 11th at 4:30pm at the Italian Cultural Center.

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An Italian Jewish Soldier’s Fight to Save His Family from Fascism

Join us for this interesting talk November 5th, 2017 at the ICC.
A compelling true story of Italian Jewish refugee, Alessandro (Alex) Sabbadini, who escaped Fascist Italy to America on the eve of WWII only to join the fight in Italy with the U.S. 5th Army.
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SDIFF feStivale 2017 presents:


Cinema Little Italy presents:  Cinema Little Italy Firehouse Museum Series

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Little Italy Fall Film Festival 2017
Italian films with English subtitles

  First Saturday of every month October 2017-May 2018

These films are shown at the
Firehouse Museum Theater (Columbia and Cedar)


Doors Open 6:30 pm for CineCaffe’ Films begin 7 pm

Tickets: $5 contribution requested at the door

Sat, October 7, 2017         The Stuff of Dreams (La Stoffa dei Sogni)             Cabiddu Gianfranco
A boat carrying a small acting company, together with a group of dangerous members of Camorra, wrecks on the shores of the island prison, Asinara, shortly after WWII. The director of the prison cannot distinguish the criminals from the actors. He has them to put on a play– a play that will tell him who the actors are. 101’

Sat, November 4              The Great War (La Grande Guerra)                  Monicelli Mario
This is a “Commedia all’italiana”–films which, while being comedies, often have serious, even tragic, undertones.  Our two protagonists are a Roman, and a Milanese (played by the great Italian actors: Alberto Sordi and Vittorio Gassman). Caught in the insanity of World War I, this duo will do anything to escape danger and responsibility. 130’

Sat, January 6, 2018        Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia)                              Virzi Paolo
Donatella and Beatrice reside in a psychiatric facility in Tuscany. They have very different life stories, but a chance to escape brings them together in an adventure that will change their lives forever and will help them realize the beauty in imperfection. 108’

Sat, February 3                Italo Barocco                                                     Scarso Alessio
Based on a true story, the film recounts the life of Italo, an extraordinary dog who arrived in the small Sicilian town of Scicli and conquered the affections of the townsfolk. With the traditions of Sicily as the backdrop, this heart-warming tale touches the themes of friendship and unconditional love. A film for the whole family. 100’

Sat, March 3                     Confessions (Le Confessioni)                        Ando’ Aldo
A meeting of the world’s most powerful economists is being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. 100’

Sat, April 7                        The Feather (La Piuma)                                Johnson Roan
Ferro and Cate are a young carefree couple whose world is turned upside down by an unexpected event.  Suddenly they must face the most difficult decision of their young lives. 98’

Sat, May 5                         The Legend of Tony Vilar (La leggenda di Tony Vilar)                   Gagliardi Giuseppe
Tony Vilar, a southern Italian, moved to Argentina as a child and became one of the most successful South American singers of the 1960’s. He garnered worldwide acclaim for the song “Cuando Calienta el Sol”. At the height of his career Tony Vilar disappeared. This is Italian singer Peppe’s humorous quest to find him. 95’