Sam Migliore – Surrey Muse


Sam Migliore is a film-maker, writer and a professor of visual and medical anthropology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey). Sam completed his PhD in Anthropology at McMaster University.

Sam’s work in anthropology inspired him to make films. He has made four ethnographic films, looking at culture, community and well-being among other themes: The Feast of the Madonna Del Monte: A Twin City Celebration (1992), Truth in Wine: Well-Being Among Italians in Cape Breton (1994), Gruppo Preghiera (‘The Prayer Group: An Ethic of Well-being’) (2005), and; La Sagra della Marrocca (‘The Corn Festival’) (2005). While his films remain visually and artistically appealing, Sam says their goal is to stay true to the conceptions of reality shared by the people he works with.

Sam has also published numerous articles and two books. He is currently serving as an investigator for a research project addressing culture, well-being and ethnicity in Cape Breton, southern Ontario and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Sam is also currently working with Italian-Canadians across Canada including performing research in Italy. He is planning to write a book about a particular Italian religious feast (celebrated in Italy and Canada), with an accompanying film.

In recognition of his contributions to the Italian-Canadian community, Sam was inducted into the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre’s Hall of Fame in the categories of Art and Culture in September 2013.

For a list of Sam’s films and publications, please visit

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