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A DAY ON THE BAY 1980 - Portrait Of A Ligurian Fishing Colony in California

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Uploaded on Jul 25, 2011

Riccardo Gaudino and Mark Schwartz present the first documentary of Santa Cruz, Californa.

A DAY ON THE BAY 1980 marks the end of an era where the abundance of fish attracted sailors from Riva Trigoso, Italy. This classic story offers an insider's view of life in one Italian fishing colonies as part of a chain of villages founded along the sea route from the Riviera Coast of Genova to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, San Francisco and Alaska. Due to the private character and close-knit kinship of these people, no other documentary exists in the Americas or Italy to tell this sailors' story.

The documentary construction is a 1980 pioneer for storyteller style: you are not the viewer but the interviewer. It shares the experience in the first-person -- gaining power with age -- for you to witness and be engaged with each person telling their story. All the stories are favorites -- but the all time "Garlic Tale" of matriarch Mary Carniglia shares the confidence and hope of hard-working, honest people in a time of little, racial toleration. It is for certain, without the vision of Riccardo Gaudino and the dedication of Mark Schwartz, this story of Pacific-America would not exist for you to now appreciate.

Se ti te fa l'America, a fago she anche'me. It means in the colony's Rivano dialect, "If you can make it in America, then so can I." Each time this documentary plays, a smile appears and a tear is shed - representing the many awards it receives from viewers like you.

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