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Author and activist Daniela Gioseffi to host film screening at St. Francis College

March 24, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Daniela Gioseffi. Photo: Author and Activist and Anton Evangelista, Comprehensive Films Inc.
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St. Francis College will host Daniela Gioseffi for a screening and discussion of a documentary about her life, “Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story,” Monday at 12:30 p.m. in the college’s Founders Hall.

Gioseffi was an adjunct professor at St. Francis College during the 1980s. This film follows her life and her fight for civil rights and climate justice.

“The Daniela Gioseffi Story” portrays a life-affirming struggle to make art of civil rights, democratic equality and climate justice, according to a release from the school. Produced and directed by Anton Evangelista, the docu-drama tells of the creative life of a multimedia artist, inspired by a tenacious immigrant father, to become an author who dares to integrate Deep South television in Selma during the era of the “Freedom Riders.” It shows Gioseffi’s father’s immigrant struggle to achieve the American Dream, and his hard labor to become a Phi Beta Kappa student and chemical engineer inventor of soft-light.

Viewers follow Gioseffi’s undaunted activism through abuse by the KKK to a near-death in childbirth and striving to become an award-winning author in New York City. The film shows her achieving an American Book Award and Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry, as well as follows her through decades of tenacious activism and finally to her work in climate justice for the future of her grandchildren. The film has a conclusion that warms the heart and inspires others to “light a candle rather than curse the darkness.”


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