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Piazza Petawawa


Director: Rino Noto

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On June 10, 1940, Prime Minister Mackenzie King announced the detainment and internment of Italian-Canadians considered a threat to the safety of our country. Under the guidelines of the War Measures Act, the RCMP were given freedom to arrest any person with ties to an Axis nation without proof of tahreat, disloyalty, or subversion to our government. Out of 150,000 immigrated and Canadian born Italian-Canadians, 30,000 were listed as “enemy aliens” and over 700 were interned in camps. Some interned men lost sons fighting in the war, others enlisted in the war for Canada once released.

Country: Canada
Year: 2012
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 43 min.
Production: Boxcar Studio


Date: June, 15 2016
Screening Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Colossus – Cineplex
Language: English
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Date: June, 12 2016
Screening Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Cinéma Cartier
Language: English
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Date: June, 16 2016
Screening Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Cinémathèque Québécoise
Language: English with French subtitles
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“There was never any due process, nobody was ever charged. But, war is madness, and we do mad things.”
– Senator Consiglio Di Nino, Senate of Canada

Rino Noto

Rino Noto

Rino Noto has been both internationally recognized and showcased as a photographer and a director during his twenty-five years as an artist. Noto conquers the moving image as a visual auteur in his breakout documentary Piazza Petawawa: The Paradox. “His incredible eye for detail is evident as he manages to expertly capture the essence of this little known yet highly significant piece of Canadian history.” (Moira Romano).

In Ontario Piazza Petawawa will precede the screening of the documentary Operation Husky

Operation Husky

Operation Husky – Directed by Max Fraser, Canada, 53′, 2015

The film explores the bonds of friendship that form among people who have never met as they undertake an arduous journey: a trek 300 kilometers through the mountains of Sicily in the hottest month of the year. They have one thing in common — a determination to honour the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers during WW2 by reclaiming lost history. Some walk in the footsteps of their fathers, seeking to learn something important that their dads never talked about. Most know they don’t have what it takes physically to complete the journey, but are determined to try. They are part of Operation Husky 2013 – an unprecedented series of commemorative events that take place on the 70th anniversary of the Operation Husky in 1943. ”.



Piazza Petewawa: The Paradox è una storia canadese raccontata dalle famiglie degli italocanadesi internati durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Il documentario di Rino Noto rende onore alle esperienze degli italocanadesi confinati nel campo di concentramento di Petawawa per essere ‘nemici stranieri’. Tramite interviste con personaggi di spicco come il Senatore Consiglio Di Nino e l’ex Giudice della Corte Suprema del Canada Frank Iacobucci, il documentario presenta il contesto di una pagina vergognosa della storia canadese.

Nazione: Canada
Anno: 2012
Genere: Documentario
Durata: 43 min.
Produzione: Boxcar Studio


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Rino Noto

Rino Noto

Rino Noto è fotografo e regista riconosciuto a livello internazionale con venticinque anni di carriera alle spalle. Nel documentario Piazza Petewawa: The Paradox, Noto padroneggia magistralmente le riprese: “L’attenzione ai dettagli è evidente nella capacità del regista di catturare sapientemente l’essenza di questo pezzo di storia, quasi sconosciuto, ma significativo, della storia del Canada”. (Moira Romano).



Le 10 Juin 1940, le premier ministre Mackenzie King a annoncé la détention et l’internement des Italo-Canadiens considérés comme une menace pour la sécurité de notre pays. Selon les lignes directrices de la Loi sur les mesures de guerre, la GRC ont reçu la liberté d’arrêter toute personne ayant des liens avec une nation Axis sans preuve de la menace, la déloyauté, ou de subversion pour notre gouvernement. Sur 150.000 qui ont immigré et sont nés au Canada, 30.000 Italo-Canadiens ont été répertoriés comme «étrangers ennemis» et plus de 700 ont été internés dans des camps. Certains hommes internés avaient des fils combattant dans la guerre perdue, d’autres se sont enrôlés dans la guerre pour le Canada une fois libéré.

Pays: Canada
Anneé: 2012
Genre: Documentaire
Durée: 43 min.
Production: Boxcar Studio


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Rino Noto

Rino Noto a été reconnu internationalement et présenté comme un photographe et un directeur au cours de ses vingt-cinq ans comme un artiste. Noto conquiert l’image en mouvement comme un auteur visuel dans son documentaire Piazza Petawawa: Le paradoxe. “Son incroyable souci du détail est évident car il parvient à capturer habilement l’essence de ce petit morceau connu mais très importante de l’histoire du Canada” 

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