Mal'occhio: the evil eye
What happens when you realize that your family is part of a global superstition that is neither spoken about openly nor even referred to by name? Filmmaker Agata De Santis sets out on a quest to uncover the world of MAL’OCCHIO – the evil eye – where one can become physically ill by another’s envious glances, where the only remedy is a phone call to the old woman down the street, and prevention involves wearing strange-looking amulets. Agata travels to Italy, New York, and to her mother’s kitchen in Montreal to decide once and for all if the evil eye is real. Can science prove or disprove the superstition? Is the belief still practiced by the new generation? How does one go about curing mal’occhio? Or better yet, preventing it? The evil eye is one of the most widely held superstitious beliefs of all time. Countless cultures and generations have an unwavering belief in the powers of envy and jealousy and the magical rituals that stop those powers.