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Screening of Il Giardino: The Gardens of Little Italy

Guernica writer Karen Shenfeld’s film Il Giardino: The Gardens of Little Italy will be screened at The Toronto Heliconian Club on Wednesday, February 25th. Il Giardino is a documentary that celebrates the gardens of Little Italy by weaving together intimate conversations and hands-on footage of the small, but thriving gardens of this Toronto neighborhood. The film shows how gardening encourages the residents of Little Italy to sustain connections with their various cultural origins. Il Giardino also has an environmental message, presenting a secret rural world that is just steps away from the busy urban life of College Street. Karen will briefly answer questions after the film. She will also speak about her various strategies of writing for documentary films, including finding the story that you want to tell.

The screening will take place at The Toronto Heliconian Club on 35 Hazelton Avenue (West of Bay Street and North of Scollard Street) on Wednesday, February 25th. Doors open at 1:30 PM and the screening begins at 2:00 PM. Q&A and refreshments will take place from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Price of Admission is $10.


Sara Crescia shows off her tomatoes in Karen Shenfeld’s Il Giardino, The Gardens of Little Italy

Karen Shenfeld has published three books with Guernica Editions: The Law of Return, The Fertile Crescent, and My Father’s Hands Spoke in Yiddish. Her poetry has appeared in well-known journals and anthologies published in Canada, the United States, South Africa, and Bangladesh. She was been awarded Canada, Ontario, and Toronto Arts Council Grants as well as the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry in 2001 for The Law of Return.

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