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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 and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, 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 master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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