Together with her husband Jerome, Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno returns to the subject of Italian Americans, interviewing famous mothers and sons, including, among others, Martin and Catherine Scorsese, John and Katherine Turturro, Carl and Mary Capotorto, Rudy Giuliani and Helen Giuliani, and Robert and Vera Viscusi. The film focuses on both its subjects in and of themselves and the more or less complex relationships of these particular Italian American families.
Mother-Tongue is our exploration of the special bond that exists between Italian American men and their mothers.
Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno
Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno’s work resides in that area of analytical cinema that examines sexual and racial identity as well as environmental issues (her new film will be on the flood dangers in New Orleans and Venice), adopting a socio-political point of view that does compromise ethnic origins but, rather, uses the critical legacy that Italian socialism and trade unionism introduced in the United States. Her films go well beyond stereotypes and relate to the Italian-American working class.