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To schedule a community screening, or to learn more about The Peasant and the Priest,
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Southern Methodist University
April 12, 2018

Dallas, TX


Hofstra University
Long Island, NY

Illinois Wesleyan University
January 14-16th, 2015

University of Chicago
January 17th, 2015

Wellesley College
February 7th, 2014, 7:00 PM
Slater International House
Boston, MA

Calandra Italian American Institue-CUNY Queens
December 2, 2013

SUNY Fredonia
November 6th, 2013

Newfilmmakers Festival at Anthology Film Archives
April 17th, 2013,

The International Film Festival at Mercy College
October 2, 2013,

The College of New Jersey
October 10th, 2012,

University of Pennsylvania
April 19th, 2012, 6:00 PM

David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A6209
S. 33rd St. Philadelphia, PA

Central Connecticut State University
April 2nd, 2012, 6:30 PM

Torp Theatre
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT

Sarah Lawrence College
February 2nd, 2012, 5:30 PM

Titsworth AuditoriumBronxville, NY

MUSE Center of Photography and the Moving Image
November 18th, 2011, 7:30 PM
580 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY
New York, NY

Fairfield University
October 17th, 2011, 5:00 PM
Gonzaga Hall Auditorium
Fairfield, CT

The Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute
April 20, 2011
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ

13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
March 11 – 20, 2011
Thessaloniki, Greece

Northwest Film Center/ Portland Art Museum
Voices in Action, Human Rights on Film
Thursday, October 21st, 2010 @ 7:00 PM.
Portland, Oregon


Murray State University
Murray, KY


The Peasant and the Priest offers a reinterpretation of one of the most idealized landscapes in the world- Tuscany, where connoisseurs still go in search of the good life. This naturally arid region was once made diverse and beautiful by intense cultivation carried on in small lots by peasants like Sergio. The modern, better-irrigated Tuscany is dedicated only to a single crop: grapes for wine, produced for export by business conglomerates. Where century-old olive trees still stand, young women from Africa and Eastern Europe sell themselves along the public highways. The priest, Father Oreste Benzi, intervenes in this newly globalized form of extortion and slavery. There are more slaves today, he tells us, than ever before in human history: 27 million. Tuscany, the goal of so many travelers' hopes for beauty and goodness, instead offers a disturbing spectacle of dislocation.The Peasant and the Priest aspires to raise awareness regarding the urgency of these issues. The film underscores the repercussions of globalization upon cherished traditional values in a world that moves relentlessly forward. Although human trafficking is a global epidemic that exists in all communities, far too few are aware of its ubiquity, stretching even to the United States. Meanwhile, diversified landscapes have been homogenized by corporations, bringing unseen consequences for small farmers and consumers everywhere. By organizing a screening of The Peasant and the Priest in your community, you can help contribute to a necessary dialogue about the consequences of globalization and governmental indifference.


A copy of the 47-minute film on DVD with English subtitles.
The DVD also includes an additional three "extra" chapters (10 more minutes) not in the film.

A downloadable press-kit.

We are planning to produce additional DVD chapters for educational purposes. These chapters will include previously unseen footage consisting of interviews with principals in the film discussing contemporary politics, globalization, agricultural shifts, and human trafficking. Once we have finished developing this new version, we will provide your organization with a replacement copy of the DVD.