by Truby Chiaviello
“Little has been produced about the cultural and historic relevance of Sicily,” claims Mark Spano in the beginning of his new documentary, “Sicily, Land of Love and Strife.”
As such, the filmmaker has gone the extra mile to undo that deficiency.
“Sicily, Land of Love and Strife” sets the bar higher than any other documentary in recent years in telling the story of Sicily. Mark Spano has done an incredible job in conveying the richness of his family’s homeland.
As one of the largest islands in the world, Sicily is the culmination of human migrations and settlements that have integrated with each other over thousands of years. Spano’s focus is on the diversity of the island. He delves into the age-old question of what makes a land and her people. Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish make up Sicily’s rich mosaic. In the center of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily binds three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. People from other parts of the world have come as conquerors and as settlers. They have all left their mark in the way of language, traditions and customs in Sicily. READ MORE