My idea. Memory of Joe Zangara
La mia idea. Memoria di Joe Zangara
written and directed by Ernesto Orrico, with Ernesto Orrico, music by Massimo Garritano Produced by Zahir (Calabria)
In Italian with English supertitles
A first-person account of the life of Giuseppe “Joe” Zangara, an Italian immigrant who could have changed the course of history with his attempt to assassinate United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His “crime against the state” was punished with a “crime committed by the State.” At 33 years old, on March 20th, 1933, Zangara was executed by the electric chair. With improvised jazz by Massimo Garritano who plays the bouzuchi and the dobro, two instruments that belong to Calabria as well as to the United States, in between the words spoken in Calabrese dialect by Ernesto Orrico.
Talkback on May 4 with Marcella Bencivenna, Associate Professor of History at the City University of New York and editor of the Italian American Review.
A native Calabrese, Marcella Bencivenni teaches history at Hostos Community College of The City University of New York. A recognized expert on Italian emigration, she is the author of Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940 (New York University Press, 2011, repr. 2014) and co-editor of Radical Perspectives on Immigration (Routledge, 2008). She has also published over a dozen book chapters, articles and historiographical essays on topics related to the Italian diaspora and U.S. labor history, and is currently serving as the editor of the Italian American Review. Her new book project is a biography of Carl Marzani, an Italian American antifascist who became the first political victim of the Cold War.
Racconto in prima persona della vita di Giuseppe “Joe” Zangara, un emigrato italiano che, attentando alla vita del presidente degli Stati Uniti Franklyn Delano Roosevelt, avrebbe potuto modificare il corso della storia. Il suo “delitto contro lo Stato” viene punito con un “delitto di Stato”: a 33 anni viene fulminato sulla sedia elettrica, il 20 marzo del 1933. Massimo Garritano accompagna la parola con bouzuchi e dobro, attraverso improvvisazioni di matrice jazz.