It leaves from Rome, at the headquarters of the "Dante Alighieri" Society, il National Memory Tour dell 'arbëresh author Mario Calivà with the presentation of its volume "Portella della Ginestra May Day 1947. Nine survivors tell of the massacre " (Navarra).
The appointment is for the April 9 2018 pm 17:30 in the beautiful setting of the Primaticcio Gallery in Palazzo Firenze (Piazza Firenze, 27 Roma)
The author will be busy with more than ten meetings from north to south Italy; here are the other dates:
- 12 April Verona
- 15 April Avigliana and Bussoleno (Val di Susa)
- 16 April Turin
- 18 April Viareggio
- 20 April Brescia
- 21 April Cremona
- 22 April Cream
- 1 May Monreale (Pa)
- 9 May Enna
- 11 May Riesi (CL)
Speakers in Rome:
Professor Ledo Prato; Professor Giovanni Greco of the National Academy of Dramatic Art Silvio d'Amico of Rome; Professor Alessandro Pontremoli directly from the University of Turin; Professor Valerio Strinati to represent the national ANPI; Mrs Angela Schirò of the PD; Professor Giorgia Pietropaoli and the boys of the Liceo Aristofane of Rome.
Portella della Ginestra May Day 1947. Nine survivors tell of the massacre
On May 1st of the 1947 two thousand workers from Palermitano, from the area of Piana degli Albanesi, San Giuseppe Jato and San Cipirello gathered in Portella della Ginestra for Labor Day.
Suddenly some men, led by the bandit Salvatore Giuliano, fired on the crowd, killing twelve people and wounding more than thirty. It is the massacre of Portella della Ginestra, the first massacre in the State, a post-war watershed event that changed the course of history, considered by many to be the first great mystery of republican Italy: the motive and principals were never ascertained.
Much has been written about the massacre of Portella della Ginestra, but in this work by Mario Calivà nine witnesses speak who have seen the victims die before their very eyes in the cheering crowd. The memory thus resumes life through the voice of Giorgio Bovi, Michele Maniscalco, Concetta Moschetto, Mario Nicosia, Serafino Petta, Giovanni Renda, Michele Spatafora, Giuseppe Vitanza.
A precious oral history document that allows you to go beyond the official story and get to the heart of the facts, sharing emotions and reflections. The testimony is completed by the reconstruction of the historical context of Carmelo Botta and Francesca Lo Nigro, and the reflection on the civil function of the oral testimony of Alessandro Pontremoli.
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Brief biography of Mario Calivà
Mario Calivà, arbëresh poet and playwright, formerly a doctor of Economics and Finance, he graduated in Performing Arts. He graduated in dramaturgy and scriptwriting at the Silvio d'Amico Art Academy of Rome.