BOSTON PREMIERE – An estimated 80 percent of Italy’s Jews survived WWII thanks, in part, to Italian citizens who risked their lives defying the Nazis to save their Jewish neighbors. Among the figures spotlighted by Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby (Constantine’s Sword) is Tour de France cycling champion Gino Bartali, who hid a Jewish family in his home and smuggled fake identity documents in his bicycle frame on behalf of monasteries sheltering Jews. Other remarkable stories include that of Dr. Giovanni Borromeo who invented a fictitious disease to protect the Rome hospital where he was hiding Jews. Narrated by Isabella Rossellini.
Guests: Nancy Harrowitz, Boston University
Dir: Oren Jacoby | USA | 2014 | 93m | English & Italian w/ English subtitles
CO-PRESENTED BY: Facing History and Ourselves
SPONSORS: Israel Campus Roundtable; Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at BU
Screening as part of
The National Center for Jewish Film’s
18th Annual Film Festival
April 30-May 15
Event Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Alfond Auditorium
465 Huntington Ave., Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
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