Singer Tina Arena goes in search of the truth behind family secrets in a journey that takes her off to explore her Sicilian roots and the tough reality of her grandparents’ childhood.
Tina suffered from racism as a child and felt confused about her identity. She has always wanted to find out more about where her Italian-born parents came from, a subject rarely talked about in her family. With her parents, Franca and Joe, having spent so much of their lives working hard, Tina feels that she and her sisters missed out on a lot of their time when they were growing up and for this she harbours some resentment.
Maternal grandmother Filippa Giulivo intrigues Tina because she knows nothing at all about her. Tina talks to her mother for the first time about Filippa’s origins and discovers that she was an orphan whose parents died when she was young. Travelling to Sicily, Tina visits the town where her grandmother was raised in the hope of getting some answers.
Tina also wants to find out about the family Filippa married into, the Catalfamos. She has a family crest which claims that the family has connections to Sicilian nobility going back to 1398 but she needs to find out its authenticity. The story of Tina’s great grandmother, Carmela, reveals she had more children than Tina had been aware of. But it’s the circumstances surrounding these children that leaves Tina with a lasting impact.
Tune in to SBS ONE at 7.30pm on Sunday to find out what Tina discovers…
Tina will also be online after the show for a live web chat.
If you can’t catch the show on tv, you can watch it online after the episode has aired and the live web chat will also be available to replay on the SBS website.
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