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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 9, 2017

Prize-winning filmmaker Anthony DiFranco to hold Q&A

MAHWAH, N.J. – Prize-winning documentary filmmaker Anthony DiFranco will be on hand for the screening of his film “My Grandma’s American Dream: From Italy to a New Life” on Monday, October 23 at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The event is from 3-5 p.m. in the York Room of the Birch Mansion on the College campus, and is free and open to the public.

“My Grandma’s American Dream,” a 43-minute documentary, deals with the experiences of the immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, and Italy in particular, who arrived by the millions in New York City in the 1900-1915 period, leaving more than 17 million descendants in their homeland. Their experiences in the 1920s through the 1950s, up to the 1980s are explored in this very personal film brimming with footage and images of New York City in its glory days.

DiFranco, a professor at Suffolk Community College is an award-winning filmmaker, has written, produced and directed several feature films, include prize-winning “The Garden of Redemption.” He also has published novels of Italian life and immigration in the early 20th century and non-fiction books about Italy.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations, call 201-684-7593 or email


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state's premier public liberal arts college. Ranked among the top colleges in the region by College Choice and recognized by, among others, U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Colleges of Distinction and, also designated by Victory Media as a "Military Friendly College," Ramapo College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor's degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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