(Union City, NJ) The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack and Board of Commissioners in conjunction with the NoHu International Film Festival present the USA Premiere of the feature film AMELUK by renowned Italian actor, director, writer, producer Mimmo Mancini on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City. Mimmo Mancini is one of the most highly-regarded and respected of filmmakers from Italy. The event will be moderated by Hudson County filmmaker Frank Gigante. Q & A and reception following the screening. Free Admission. Parking available at the 23rd Street parking deck located between Summit and Kerrigan Avenues.
The story of a small town Muslim who happens to bear the cross… of reconciling Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
Ameluk is a dramatic comedy about Italy’s internal struggle with immigration and social integration. The movie deals primarily with religious issues through the eyes and the life of the characters, but, as customary in Italy, the conversation inevitably assumes political undertones. The story is a light comedy punctured at times by dramatic moments born out of the depth of the issues and the stories of characters looking for an identity and a sense of belonging.
Ameluk is an ensemble film that deals with modern days Italians. Jusuf’s participation to the staging of the “Stations of the Cross” brings to light the conflicts and taboos of Mariotto’s residents, which are also the same issues and concerns of many Italians: the co-existence of the Catholic faith with other faiths, the political turmoil, the search for instant notoriety, immigration. In the background, a small town, which represents with its characteristics and common places - the church, the square, and the local café – the Italy of today.
Ameluk is also the personal story of an immigrant who tries to build a life for himself in a new country. The movie talks about Jusuf’s efforts, loves, hopes, and attempts to resolve the disparity between a difficult past and a complex present, between the culture he left behind and the one he embraces at present. In a situation bigger than he is, Jusuf will become the needle of the scale.
Brief Biography Mimmo Mancini:
Born in Bitonto (Bari) on May 18, 1960.
At seventeen he attends a professional acting course at the Piccolo Theatre in Bari and starts playing with local companies. In 1984, he performs nationally in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with Carlo Hintermann and Bianca Toccafondi, directed by Nucci La Dogana. After some cabaret, radio and TV experiences, he moves to Rome where he attends a specialized course for actors with Dominic De Fazio, member of the Actors Studio, and studies with him “cinema analysis”. He writes and stars in, along with Paolo De Vita, two theatre pieces: “ Non venite mangiati” and “Vi faremo sapere”. In Rome, “Non venite mangiati” opens at Trastevere Theatre in 1990 and is later presented at Teatro dei Satiri. More than one hundred performances are given throughout Italy. “Vi faremo sapere” opens in 1992 at Teatro dei Satiri and is later staged at Teatro Argot in Rome. “Sargassi”, a monologue written in collaboration with Vasco Mirandola, kicks off at Teatro Colosseo in Rome in 1995. His theatre work includes: “Buio interno” (1997), directed by Marinella Anaclrerio; “Notturno di donna con ospiti” (2000), written by A. Ruccello, with Giuliana De Sio, directed by Enrico Maria La Manna, who also directs the monologue “Lo Zì” (2006), co-written with Pietro Albino di Pasquale, staged for the first time at Auditorium Parco della Musica, and later at the Ambra Jovinelli Theatre in Rome and the River Side Studios in London, UK. To date, the show has run 43 performances throught Italy. His TV work includes: “L’attentatuni” (2000) playing special agent Orso, directed by Claudio Bonivento; “La guerra è finita” (2001) in the role of Sergeant Donati, with Alessandro Gassman, directed by Lodovico Gasparini; “L’uomo sbagliato” (2004) in the role of prisoner Poldo, with Beppe Fiorello, directed by Stefano Reali; “Distretto di Polizia 7” (2007), playing the villain Morace, directed by Alessandro Capone; the last series of “Maresciallo Rocca” (2007), appearing with Gigi Proietti. His cinema work includes: “Arriva la bufera” (1993), directed by Daniele Luchetti; “Colpo di luna” (1994), directed by Alberto Simone (special mention at the 1995 Berlin Festival); “A domani” (1997), directed by Gianni Zanasi (presented at the 56th Venice Film Festival); “Ospiti” (1997), directed by Matteo Garrone; “Lacapagira” (1999) directed by Alessandro Piva; “Il Caimano” (2005) directed by Nanni Moretti. As a film director has made four short films : Shine on the sea - Arroganti- U su'- One Direction. Ameluk (2014 ) is the feature first film.
(Englewood, New Jersey-January 3, 2017) Bergen Performing Arts Center
located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Willy
Chirino - Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at (201)
Willy Chirino combines the musical traditions
of Cuba with American rock and jazz, helping to create the “Miami Sound” of
Salsa music.The Cuban-born and South
Florida-based vocalist and bandleader boasts a musical repertoire of over 100
songs and 30 albums making Chirino one of the most emblematic Tropical music
acts around. More than 60 artists have covered his hit “Soy”, among them the
Gipsy Kings, who sold more than seven million copies.
With a career spanning four decades Willy has
racked up quite a list of awards for his musical and charity contributions to
the Latino community: 2006 Grammy for Best Salsa/Merengue Album, 2007 Latin Grammy
Nomination for Best Salsa Album, street named after him in Miami, a star on the
famous and very Cuban Calle Ocho, a FACE award, and recognition by UNICEF and a
Hispanic Heritage Award for his charity efforts with The Willy Chirino
in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC,
is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater
boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts
a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The
Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational
performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school
shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and
community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community
youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music,
dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing
generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit
501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts
School are able to thrive and enrich our community.
"Bahía de Cochinos,
Nuestra Perspectiva" Presentación de Estreno en
El documental "Bahía de Cochinos,
Nuestra Perspectiva" tendra su estreno en la Ciudad de Nueva York el
Domingo, 12 de marzo 2017 a las 6:30 PM en el Comisionado Dominicano de
Cultura, 541 West 145th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC, NY 10031. La entrada es
gratuita. El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura es indudablemente el mas
activo e importance centro cultural Hispano de la Ciudad de Nueva York.
"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra
Perspectiva" es una película documental sobre la Bahía de Cochinos
representada a través de los ojos de exiliados cubanos que participaron en la
invasión. Ahora, muchos años después, contemplan los acontecimientos y
comparten sus historias y sentimientos individuales. Esa historia tiene un
precio, un precio que les preguntamos si estarían dispuestos a pagar de nuevo.
Cuando todo está dicho y hecho, ¿están estos últimos invasores resentidos? ¿Le
echan la culpa a alguien? ¿Quién perdió más en la invasión de Bahía de
Cochinos, los exiliados, los cubanos revolucionarios, o el pueblo de Cuba?
Esta es una nueva narración de esta historia, y se recuenta con
La película cuenta con el testimonio de
miembros de la Brigada 2506: Ángel Casabona, Isidoro López, Ricardo M. Montero,
Raúl Puig, y Alvin Ross; así como con Sergio Gatria, director del Cuban Information
Center. Sus historias son conmovedoras y arrojan luz sobre la invasión de
Bahía de Cochinos. La película posiblemente creará un diálogo serio sobre lo
que realmente sucedió detrás de los acontecimientos que condujeron a la
invasión y sus consecuencias posteriores.
La pelicula se ha presentado en varios
distinguidos lugares, incluyendo el Museo de Arte de Union City; Union City
Performing Arts Center; Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center; Centro Cultural de
las Telecomunicaciones in Santo Domingo, RD; Casa de Cultura de La Vega, RD;
Casa de Cultura de Constanza, RD; y por Silver Star Television en Peru.
"Bahía de Cochinos, Nuestra
Perspectiva" está dirigida por el reconocido director cubano, Ricardo
Bacallao y Lucio Fernandez; producida por MeLu Films y The Grace Theatre
Workshop, Inc.; Megan Fernandez, Productora Ejecutiva; Lucio Fernandez,