Moveable Feast (1993)

About the Film

This documentary follows a group of Italian-Americans from Boston's North End to their ancestral hometown, Sciacca, Sicily, to participate in the Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso (also known and celebrated in Boston as the Fisherman's Feast).

The video examines issues of ethnicity, work, family, religion, and remembrance with affection and good humor. It contrasts the relatively small religious and cultural festival in Boston with the larger, older, more established ritual in Sicily, where statues of the Madonna are carried through the streets in devotion to the saint and as a way of honoring deceased family members.

Produced by Beth Harrington as a companion piece to her award-winning earlier documentary, Ave Maria: The Story of the Fisherman's Feast.

Awards

Society for Visual Anthropology Award, American Anthropological Assn. selection, Natl. Educational Film Festival Award

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Beth Harrington, the distributor , or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Beth Harrington
  • Produced by: Beth Harrington with Nancy Moloney and Debra Granik
  • Cinematographer: Nancy Moloney, Beth Harrington, Debra Granik
  • Editor: Debra Granik
  • Other Credits: Advisor, Robert Orsi
  • Original Format: 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
  • 1992, Beth Harrington
  • 29 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Ethnic & Immigrant CulturesFestivals/CustomsReligion