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Texas Tavola

Film by Randolph Lewis, Circe Sturm
Produced by Circe Sturm and Randolph Lewis
Cinematographer: Randolph Lewis
Sound: Circe Sturm
Editing: Circe Sturm and Randolph Lewis
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34 minutes, Color
Original format: DVCam: Sony, 2007
Distributor: Randoph Lewis
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This 34 minute documentary examines the Tavola di San Giuseppe, an important religious event at which a single Sicilian-American family hosts almost 1,000 guests in honor of St. Joseph. Both anthropologically and visually, the event is remarkable to witness, with hundreds of hand-made breads and cakes, elaborate religious rituals, and beautiful prayers spoken in Sicilian dialect with a Texas accent. Our film traces one particular tavola back to three small villages in Western Sicily—Poggioreale, Salaparuta, and Corelone. With rare historic photos and traditional Sicilian music complementing the video footage, it explores the tavola’s deep importance to Sicilian-American communities in East Texas. These communities have often been overlooked as part of the Italian-American experience, but their vibrancy and a sense of Italianità remain strong even after three generations in the Lone Star state.

For more about the film go to http://sites.google.com/site/randolphlewis/texastavola .

This brilliant, insightful documentary follows the progress of the Tavola's making over a three-week period, intercutting scenes and interviews, with a brief return to Sicily... Documentary at its best.
--- John Paul Russo, University of Miami in Italian Americana Cultural and Historical Review


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