Video Information

Misilmeri: A Pearl in the Eleutero Valley

Misilmeri Video
Giovanni Montanti, a Sicilian native who has made documentary videos for 43 other Sicilian towns, has completed the video for Misilmeri! It contains footage of the most important buildings, churches, streets, archaeological sites, historic centers, the cemetery, and the procession of the saints. The cost of the video is $40 which includes shipping from Italy.
NOTE: This video is only available in VHS format.This video was sponsored by Jennifer Petrino.




Text and Direction:Giovanni Montanti
Voice over (Italian version):Giancarlo Cara
Voice over (English version):Antonella Scaduto
Shooting:Nino Manzella
Historical research and consultancy:Michele Ducato
Editing:Fabio Messina
Post-Production:Idea Video – Trapani
Duration:45 min
Available in English and Italian

Suggestive shots and an involving narration are the result of this careful study about Misilmeri’s historical heritage. A coverage that ranges from the pre-Christian age tombs on Pizzo Cannita; the sanctuary in Gibilrossa with its superb views; the hamlet of Risalaimi and its 15th century frescoes; the castle ruins; and then the village and its churches, its works of art and ancient buildings, its fountains and squares and its downtown alleys.

A valuable black and white photo repertory show Misilmeri as it was at the beginning of last century. The story of a village and its magical atmosphere during religious celebrations. A community that looks beyond the limits of time and space through its processions, faith and past traditions, thus arousing in all young hearts a sense of love and brotherhood that unites all the Misilmeri people all over the world, wherever they may live.

Here is what other Misilmeri descendants are saying about Misilmeri: A Pearl in the Eleutero Valley

I received the tape today and it is fantastic…When the lady started speaking it was as if my Father was sitting next to me as his accent in English was exactly the same and now for me to see it all is beyond words, I however want to thank you again for all your efforts in bringing my heritage forward and it is evident whether peasant or nobleman it is great to be a Sicilian. – P. Amato

Hi I just received my video of Misilmeri yesterday and last night my husband and I sat down to watch it with a bottle of red wine and some Italian cheese.  It was fantastic.  Giovanni did a great job depicting Misilmeri through its history, people, and religious traditions.  We were mesmerized and even though we have been to Misilmeri, we found the video full of things we did not know or see on our last trip.  We are ready to go again.  He did a great job and I will cherish this keepsake and proudly pass it down to my children’s children as a big part of our Italian heritage. – D. W.

I received my video today and it everything that I expected and more.  A beautiful job. – A. C.

Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Misilmeri video! You were right, he did a great job.  It is very informative and was shot beautifully.   I especially liked the very moving ending with the old photos.  Needless to say, it will always be something significant and special to me. – J. La Rose

 

Ventimiglia di Sicilia, The Princess’ Town

Ventimigila di Sicilia Video

The Ventimiglia di Sicilia documentary video is fantastic! The video is about 45 minutes long and is available on DVD. The video is completed and ready for shipment. The cost of the video is $50 each which includes shipping from Italy to the US.The video has been sponsored by Jennifer Petrino, Grace Lancieri Olivo and the descendants of the Saso, Sparacio, Dina and Bonadonna families. 

 



Text and Direction:Giovanni Montanti
Voice over (Italian version):Giancarlo Cara
Voice over (English version):Antonella Scaduto
Consultant:Nino Manzella
Camera Work:Michele Ducato
Editing:Fabio Messina
Post-Production:Idea Video – Trapani
Duration:45 min
Available in English and Italian


It is the history of a town founded in the first half of the 17th century by a Sicilian noblewoman and 
today mounted in an attractive natural landscape. This documentary retraces the events in the history of the old estate of Calamigna and modern day Ventimiglia di Sicilia, concentrating on the most significant aspects: the Nature Reserve of “Pizzo Cane” and the hermitage of San Felice, the discoveries at the Castellaccio archeological site, the churches, the works of art, the streets, the squares, the Processions of the Holy Crucifix, of Our Lady of Grace, and Our Lady of the Rosary.

The video is made more valuable by the inclusion of some historical black and white photographs which show how the town appeared in the middle of the last century. Here is what some Ventimiglia descendants are saying about Ventimiglia Di Sicilia: The Princess’ Town.

I have immensely enjoyed the DVD of my hometown. There were things in the movie that I was not aware of. I was able to show my wife and kids where we lived and where my family currently resides. It really brought back a lot of memories. I took it to my parents house and they also enjoyed viewing it. My parents even recognized some of the people who were shown. I wish it would have been longer.

The Holy Week in Ventimiglia di Sicilia

The Holy Week in Ventimiglia di Sicilia
The video has been sponsored by Parrocchia Immacolata Concezione di Ventimiglia di Sicilia and by Archeoclub d’Italia Sezione di Ventimiglia di Sicilia. 

 

 


Text: Peppe Bondì, Nino Manzella, Giovanni Montan
Direction: Giovanni Montanti
Voice over (Italian version): Giancarlo Cara
Translation and Voice over (English version): Frank Cannonito
Camera work: Gino Scimeca
Editing and Post-production: Gianni Basciano
Duration: min. 45
DVD Price:$50 (includes shipping & handling)
Available in English and Italian


To live the Holy Week in Ventimiglia di Sicilia is to leaf through a script where every scene is a perfect synthesis of folklore and liturgy. Where each action is charged to commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus in precise dramatizations from which the earthly and human content of the Event emerge.

This script runs through the thread of history in Ventimiglia di Sicilia because of its intimate
connection to the religiosity of Ventimiglia’s founder, Princess Beatrice Ventimiglia del Carretto who, in 1628, scarcely a year after the founding of the city wanted to dedicate a church to the Immaculate Conception, thereby confirming her family’s particular devotion for the Virgin Mary.

More than three and one half centuries have passed since then, and the religiosity has remained intact and favored the birth of a pure sentiment: a profound sense of belonging. In this link to its own history, in the rapport between daily activities and the eternal, between God and man, between that which is inaccessible and that which is nearby, stands the worth and essence of the simple gestures that each year renew the ancient faith and make the Holy Week in Ventimiglia one of Sicily’s most engrossing religious events.