Across Cultures

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Watch 60 films, 170 excerpts and over 80 archival artefacts selected by NFB specialists as part of this unique project.

Barbed Wire and Mandolins

Barbed Wire and Mandolins
1997, director: Nicola Zavaglia

Excerpt (2:39)


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> Italian Canadians | Internment camps | Ontario | Labour exploitation | Working conditions | Families | Psychological aspects

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Domenico Nardoccio was interned with other Italian- Canadian men in Petawawa, Ontario, in 1940. Using notes he made at the time, he describes the camp. An actor reads a letter from a wife experiencing economic hardship due to her husband's internment. Artists' sketches and archival photos depict camp conditions.