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One of Us - The Embassy of Italy in the U.S. dedicates International Women’s Day to Ukraine -Available online



One of Us - The Embassy of Italy in the U.S. dedicates International Women’s Day to Ukraine  -Available online

“The current tragic situation in Ukraine makes this year’s International Women’s Day even more meaningful” said Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Mariangela Zappia at the March 8 premiere of the documentary film One of Us – East Coast, with special guest the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Hon. Nancy Pelosi. “We honor this important date with our hearts and minds to the ongoing, horrifying attack on Ukraine; to the courage of Ukrainian people who fight for freedom, and particularly to Ukrainian women. Our hope today is to inspire the young generations of future leaders and to honor and celebrate the key role of women in diplomacy, business, and every sector of life,” the Ambassador told the audience, including Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova and several women ambassadors, high-level officials, young professionals, faculty members, and students of all ages.

“It was a privilege to join Ambassador Mariangela Zappia at the Italian Embassy today to mark International Women’s Day and to celebrate Italian women who have broken barriers in culture, medicine, technology and diplomacy,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “Women today stand on the shoulders of giants who marched and mobilized across the globe for dignity, equality and opportunity for themselves and for their daughters. On behalf of Congress and the Country, we also salute today the courage and resilience of the people of Ukraine, especially the women defending their democracy and protecting their families. May this International Women’s Day serve as inspiration to the next generation of women leaders around the world, who carry on the fight for gender justice and full equality.”

The docu-film, produced by the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC, in collaboration with Frequency Production, marks this year’s International Women’s Day and features the stories of five Italian women – including Ambassador Zappia’s – who pursued a career in the United States and distinguished themselves for (extra)ordinary achievements in various fields, from diplomacy, to science arts, business. They are stories of courage, of unity, strength, mentorship, and empowerment.

The March 8 premiere of the documentary, directed by Italian film-maker, producer and social entrepreneur Chiara Tilesi, was dedicated to Ukraine and included a high-level networking and mentoring event to promote women's leadership in foreign policy and in other related fields. Among the audience, both mentors and mentees from think tanks, universities, and schools. A group of young leaders and women leaders, including their mentees, was also selected in partnership with Globally’s Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and Women in Foreign Policy Group (WFPG).

The initiative is part of the "Gender Champion campaign" promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The goal is to break down gender barriers and support gender equality.

The women featured in the documentary are: Cecilia Alemani, artistic director of the 59th Venice Biennale; Natalia Bergamaschi, strategic partner lead at Google; Cristina Cassetti, Branch Chief of the Virology Branch Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Isabella Rossellini, Italian American actress, author, philanthropist, and model; Mariangela Zappia, Ambassador of Italy to the United States.

The successful One of Us series kicked off in 2021 in Los Angeles with a first season dedicated to talented Italian women in the West Coast. Starting from March 10, One of Us – Los Angeles Season 2 will also be released.







Isabella Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. She made her cinematic debut as an actress in 1979 in the Taviani brothers’ film Il Prato (The Meadow) and has appeared in numerous other films, including the American features Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, White Nights, Rodger Dodger, Cousins, Death Becomes Her, Fearless, Big Night, and Joy. She has worked with wide-ranging directors including Robert Zemeckis, David O. Russell, David Lynch, Robert Wilson, Taylor Hackford, Marjane Satrapi, and Guy Maddin. Rossellini’s interests embrace preservation of her family’s extraordinary cinematic heritage, including the films directed by her father, Roberto Rossellini and those featuring her mother, Ingrid Bergman. She is a mother of two and resides in Bellport, Long Island. She runs an organic farm in Brookhaven in association with the Peconic Land Trust.


Born in Milan, Italy, on 26 April 1977 Samantha Cristoforetti is an avid reader with a passion for science and technology, and an equal interest in humanities. She enjoys learning foreign languages and her current challenge is Chinese. In 2001, Samantha joined the Italian Air Force. She was admitted to the Air Force Academy as an officer candidate and served as class leader for four years. Following her graduation in 2005, she attended the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base in the United States, where she earned her fighter pilot wings in 2006. Samantha was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. She joined ESA in September 2009 and completed her basic astronaut training in November 2010. On 23 November, 2014 Samantha was launched from the cosmodrome of Baikonur in Kazakhstan. She returned to Earth on 11 June, 2015 after spending 200 days in space. The mission, which was given the name Futura, was the second long-duration flight opportunity for the Italian Space Agency, the eighth for an ESA astronaut. In 2019 Samantha served as commander for NASA’s 23rd Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO23) mission on a 10-day stay in the world’s only undersea research station, Aquarius.


Lidia Bastianich is a renowned and an award winning Italian-American chef, television host, bestselling author and a restaurateur. As a television show host, she has presented numerous successful shows including Lidia's Italy, Lidia's Italy in America, Lidia's Kitchen and Lidia Celebrates America television series. As a successful restaurateur, she runs several Italian restaurants in the US including Felidia, Del Posto and Becco. She has collaborated with her daughter and son-in-law to develop her own line of sauces and pasta while along with her son and Italian business magnet Oscar Farinetti, she opened Eataly, the Italian food and wine marketplace in the US. Over the years, she has authored/co-authored numerous books including cookbooks, children literature and also a memoir. Her culinary skills as well as television work have won her numerous awards over the years including two Emmys.


Cecilia Alemani is an Italian curator based in New York. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of the upcoming 59th International Art Exhibition (2022) in Venice. Since 2011, she has been the Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, the public art program presented by the High Line in New York. In 2018, Alemani served as Artistic Director of the inaugural edition of Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires. In 2017, she curated the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


Paola Antonelli is senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Architecture and Design, as well as the museum’s founding director of research and development. She has curated numerous shows, including, most recently, the XXII Triennale di Milano, entitled Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, which is on view through August 2019. Antonelli has lectured worldwide, served on architecture and design juries, and taught at UCLA, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the MFA programs of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Author of many books, her honors include the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and the 2015 AIGA Medal.


Born and raised in Turin, Italy, to music loving parents (who had actually first met at a jazz concert), two-times Grammy nominated singer Roberta Gambarini grew up constantly listening to her father’s record collection. Her first vocal inspiration was the music of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald , but she soon discovered Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday,and Carmen McRae, as well as gospel and blues artists such as Mahalia Jackson and Bessie Smith. At age 12 she began studying clarinet, but realizing the versatility and talents of her clear alto, she moved to voice, singing and performing in clubs by the time she was 17. In 1998, Gambarini received a scholarship to study for two years at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Barely 2 weeks after setting foot on american soil for the first time, Roberta surprised the jazz world by being one of the runner-ups in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. With this recognition as a springboard and the assistance of some of the greatest musicians in the world, who immediately appreciated her talent and invited her to perform with them, she quickly became a fixture on the international jazz circuit, appearing in major concert halls, Festivals and clubs around the globe ( Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Jazz at Lincoln Center , the North Sea Jazz Festival, and many more).


Monica Mandelli joined KKR in 2015 and is Head of Latin America for the firm's Client and Partner Group. Previously she was Global Head of the High Net Worth Group. She is also a member of KKR’s Capital Markets Coordination Committee and Global Grants Investment Committee. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Mandelli worked at Goldman Sachs for seventeen years in investment banking, where she held various leadership positions, most recently as managing director and global head of Goldman Sachs' family office coverage and strategic relationship management group. Mandelli is also Chair of the Victoria & Albert Museum Americas Foundation, and Vice-Chair of the Board of Endeavor Italy. In 2019, Ms. Mandelli was knighted by the President of Italy as “Cavaliere della Repubblica”, the highest honor bestowed by the Italian Republic.



Data: Da Mar 8 Mar 2022 a Gio 31 Mar 2022

Organizzato da : Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

Ingresso : Libero