Vittorio De Sica, Two Women

Film - Feature | April 24 | 7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, A1 (auditorium)

 Marco Grossi

 Maria Grazia Affinito

 Institute of European Studies, Human Rights Center, Italian Society at Berkeley, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Over the next four days UC scholars will join an Italian film expert and Bay Area performing artist in exploring the struggle to confront an historic war crime that occurred in Italy during the Second World War. Tonight’s film opens the discussion about the use of sexual violence as a war strategy. Vittorio De Sica examines the wartime experience of southern Italy in Two Women, aka La Ciociara (1960) with an Oscar-winning performance by Sophia Loren. Film scholar Marco Grossi will introduce this film and discuss its influence. Bay Area artist Maria Grazia Affinito will reveal its far reach by performing a scene from her popular play, Eating Pasta off the Floor (2013).

This program is part of the series “A Tale of Two Women from postwar Italian cinema to human rights today,” April 24-27 at UC Berkeley and The Marsh Theater, presented in recognition of Italy’s celebration of Liberation Day on April 25.

Free and open to the public.

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Eating Pasta off the Floor:

 All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

 All Audiences

 This film is presented in Italian with English subtitles, and includes graphic scenes of war.