Elena is 20 years old. Born in Italy to an Italian mother and an American father she grew up in Rochester, New York and she is currently living in New York City. Like any American kid she is a mix of different cultures, but her Italian roots are very well grounded in her soul. In the summer of 2013, she traveled with her mother to Torino, the town were her mother grew up and the place about which she has always heard many stories. This thesis film will demonstrate that Elena and her mother's trip is not just a geographical discovery, it is a walk through memories as well as a coming of age experience. Through Elena's eyes we will discover present day Torino, juxtaposed with the Torino her mother has told her about, the city she loved and hated when she was the same age that Elena is now. These women from two different generations will bond in the process and discuss the cultural identity, and the socio-political make up of this city through the poetic perspective of the mother and her stories of the city soccer club, the punk music scene, and the local love for cinema.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Documentary films--Production and direction; Turin (Italy)--Social conditions; Turin (Italy)--Social life and customs; Punk rock music--Italy--Turin; Soccer--Italy--Turin

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School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Malcolm Spaull

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Cathleen Ashworth

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Mimmo Calopresti


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PN1995.9.D6 D36 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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