Italian Meetup : The Malocchio Explained

Be careful when you... compliment a baby, spill olive oil, see nuns, lay your hat on a bed, see an owl, place bread on the dinner table, etc. Italians are a superstitious lot.

Learn all about one of the most widely held superstitions of all time and the protective measures against it as we watch a documentary film (in English). The award-winning movie, called Mal'occhio, was released in 2010 by Canadian filmmakers and details the global superstition that is neither spoken about openly nor referred to by name. Read about the documentary and see the trailer at

The film runs 52 minutes so we'll have time afterwards to chat. Feel free to share your stories about Italian superstitions -- and to bring your own corno or other amulet.

Note: The library closes at 9:00 pm (and issues a "last call" public address announcement fifteen minutes beforehand) so we'll be finished and out the door by then.


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  • Ken(Eugenio&SusannaFabbro)Smith

    This meet up was a lot of fun.. I learned alot about the evil eye.

    March 25, 2013

  • Gil Balden (Damiano B.

    I really enjoyed the film and learning about the Malocchio. I couldn't wait to get home and try it on my wife. Maybe tonight she won't have a "headache" :-).

    2 · February 13, 2013

    • Anna M.

      This is hilarious!! Sei un italiano vero:):)

      February 13, 2013

  • Anna M.

    Grazie a tutti per una serata molto interessante :) Il film era informativo

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • Carol W.

    When David's sis heard that we would be coming, she said, "You had better not study that! The Pope would not approve!" What we saw on screen about the church's thinking about mal'occhio, was explainable, as it comes from paganism; however, the people do their own thing anyway. Interesting!

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • R. Sergio S.

    The film cleared up several misconceptions about the Mal'Occhio

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • Mary H


    February 10, 2013

  • Joe

    Hosting some family in town this week...will be there next time!

    February 10, 2013

  • Anna M.


    February 9, 2013

  • Carol W.

    David and Carol will attend.

    February 8, 2013

  • Stephanie F.

    I have a mal'occhio charm!

    1 · January 9, 2013

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