Casa Italia will close out its spring film series with a screening of “Heaven Touches Brooklyn in July” on Friday, June 16.
Imagine 125 men strutting and dancing a five-ton, five-story, hand-sculptured tower around their neighborhood to the beat of joyous Italian folk songs. For 300 years in Italy, and the past century in communities throughout the greater New York area, the ritual known as the Dance of the Giglio has been celebrated each summer with unbridled passion and devotion.
Filmed, produced, written and directed by Tony De Nonno and narrated by renowned actors John Turturro and Michael Badalucco, this heartwarming documentary took 18 years to create.
The film will be screened in English in the ballroom of the Community Center at Casa Italia, 3800 Division St., Stone Park. Fra Noi editor Paul Basile will once again serve as your host.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the screening begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary beverages and popcorn are available. Admission is free but reservations and free-will donations are encouraged.
The film series has been made possible through the cooperation of Dott. Alberta Lai, Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Chicago, and the Ministero Italiano.