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Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien

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Gianfranco Norelli was born in Rome and received a Degree in Political Science from the University of Rome "La Sapienza." He moved to the U.S. in 1979 to pursue a graduate degree in Journalism at New York University, and in 1980, was awarded the ITT International Fellowship for Television Journalism. In the last 30 years, Norelli has produced a wide range of award-winning documentaries for American and European television networks, including PBS, BBC, HBO, National Geographic and RAI-Italian National Television. His films have focused on social and cultural issues such as environmental pollution in Russia, euthanasia, the experience of immigrants in the United States, and violence against women on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Suma Kurien is a nationally recognized authority on issues of immigrant education and Director of LaGuardia Community College's Center for Immigrant Education and Training at the City University of New York. The Center provides educational and training programs designed to help low-income immigrants improve their economic status and become full participants in civic life. A native of India who grew up in Africa, Suma has lived in the U.S. for over 30 years. Suma holds a doctorate in Education from Columbia University's Teachers College and is the co-producer and co-writer of the documentary Pane Amoro. Norelli and Kurien are a husband/wife team.




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