A year ago, after four years of multiple trips to Sicily for research, interviews, impressions, writing, re-writing, and, finally, filmmaking, writer/director/producer Mark Spano began introducing his feature-length documentary “Sicily: Land of Love & Strife” to audiences in the U.S. and Canada, often selling out the venues that host these special screenings.
Now Thunderfoot Press has released the companion book, Sicily: Land of Love & Strife – A Filmmaker’s Journey, by Mark Spano. The 130-page book reveals the process by which Spano was able to capture on film the island nation’s natural beauty, its passionate people and epic human struggles, the depth and diversity of its culture, the philosophic insights that originated there, and its wealth of historic sites. “All of the facets of Sicily that have been obscured by its association with organized crime,” he says.
A first-generation Sicilian-American, Spano invites readers to follow him on his quest to celebrate the real Sicily and, therefore, change public perception of his family’s homeland.
In her Foreward to the book, Karen La Rosa of La RosaWorks Sicily Tours & Travel,, writes of Spano’s journey: “A writer/filmmaker is always asking questions and his documentary, ‘‘Sicily: Land of Love and Strife’ is the answer to some of his… To his own eye, a broader picture of Sicily’s history, its complicated issues and unique evolution, presented itself.” The companion book “enables a better understanding of his journey,” she notes, “both as a child in a Sicilian neighborhood in Kansas City and as an adult walking the narrow lanes of the Vucciria in Palermo.“
She concludes: “Mark has generously shared a very personal and unique view of Sicily in the direction of his terrific documentary. This intriguing companion book, which peeks inside its author, will bring you along on his continuing Sicilian odyssey — his quest to understand and describe this fascinating Italian island.”
Sicily: Land of Love and Strife – A Filmmaker’s Journey is available on Amazon.
· Paperback: 130 pages
· Publisher: Thunderfoot Press;
· Publication Date: First edition, September 18, 2018
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0997602716
· ISBN-13: 978-0997602715
· Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
· Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
· Retail price: $14.95