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A Italian town that's trying to reinvent itself figures in today's Geo Quiz.

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The small town in question is in Sicily. It once served as headquarters for Italian 19th century hero Giuseppe Garibaldi. But -- more recently -- an earthquake and a faltering economy made it more of a ghost town.

Now the town is planning its revival. It's giving away earthquake-damaged houses in the town's charming old quarter for ONE EURO.

That's about a dollar-thirty, if you're interested. The only condition is that buyers agree to fix the houses up.

Future plans for the town include a "never-ending film festival," with as many as ten movies showing daily.

That will require a lot of films.

Well, a video shop owner in New York City has agreed to donate his collection of over 50,000 videos. We'll hear more about that in a moment.

First name the Sicilian town that's hoping to get itself going again...

Back in 1987, a young Korean immigrant named Yongman Kim opened a video rental store in the East Village of New York City, It soon became famous for its wide and wild selection of films.

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It was a film lovers' treasure trove -- hard-to-find films of all kinds, both foreign and domestic -- and cult movie posters at every turn.

But as VHS rentals gave way to DVD's and mail order movie services, Kim's video store hit hard times.

Marco Werman: "Mr. Kim, when you decided to close --- you tried for awhile to give away your collection of 50,000 videos -- what happened? Was there much interest?"

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And now let me introduce Italian graphic designer Franca Pauli. She's founder of a small arts organization called Clio. It's dedicated to giving artists political power by promoting "arts culture as an everyday thing."

She helped bring about this connection between Salemi, Sicily and a Kim's music and video store in New York City. And Salemi, Sicily is the answer to our Geo Quiz.

Listen to the interview:

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