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Sun, Oct 08


Cabrillo, VAPA Bldg 1000

Italian Film: The Pioneers (I pionieri)

Join us for our Fall Film Series: New Horizons | Nuovi orizzonti *all films are in Italian with English subtitles no tickets necessary; first come first served (register for event reminder) donations welcome at the door ❤️ 🇮🇹

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Italian Film: The Pioneers (I pionieri)
Italian Film: The Pioneers (I pionieri)

Time & Location

Oct 08, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Cabrillo, VAPA Bldg 1000, Cabrillo College, Aptos campus, in VAPA building 1000, Art History Forum room 1001


About the Event

Fall 2023 Series: New Horizons | Nuovi orizzonti

With the patronage of the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco

Series Description: The New Horizons film series is a collection of recently released Italian films so new that they have not yet made it to United States theaters or streaming. These films deal with characters at different stages of life leaving home to explore new horizons and diverse parts of Italy, including the Friuli hills, the forests of Sicily, and roadways traversing the peninsula.

Sometimes the grass really is greener when the characters meet their destinations. Sometimes it is the journey itself that is transformative. In all cases, the characters in these films gain new perspectives on life as they set their sights on new horizons.

This is a rare opportunity to see these exclusive films in Santa Cruz. Don't miss out!

The October Film is:  The Pioneers (I pionieri). Directed by Luca Scivoletto, 2022. (86 mins)


Sicily, summer of 1990: Enrico Belfiore’s parents are passionate about the Italian Communist Party, even naming their child in honor of the Italian Communist Party leader who died in 1984. And they have raised their children in keeping with the Party’s principles, discouraging consumerism, television, and branded clothing. Enrico, however, wants to be a “normal” boy, wear shoes like everyone else, and play football. And so one day he decides to run away from home with his best friend Renato, who intends to re-establish the now defunct division of Pionieri d’Italia, the “Pioneers of Italy,” a Communist scout camp. Joining forces with other children running away from their politically-minded parents, Enrico and his companions learn lessons about love, themselves, and their roles in society.


All films in Italian with English subtitles.

Logan Walker, film lecturer from UCSC & Director of Programming, Santa Cruz Film Festival, will introduce and field questions about all films.

Street parking is free or you can pay for parking in the closest parking lot "L" near the Music and Theater buildings / pay at the kiosk machine.

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