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July 14, 2017  RSS feed

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Reconciling memories is focus of Holocaust documentary

Scene from the documentary film “Shalom Italia” Scene from the documentary film “Shalom Italia” Nearly 70 years after emigrating to Israel, three brothers who spent part of their childhoods hiding from the Nazis in a cave are reuniting to rediscover their hiding place in a documentary, which will air on PBS stations later this month.

The documentary, Shalom Italia, will air as part of the POV (Point of View) series and will be shown locally on WEDU.

Directed by Israeli award-winner filmmaker Tamar Tal Anati, the documentary follows three brothers, Emmanuel, Andrea and Bubi, as they search for the cave in Italy’s Tuscan countryside where they spent months of their childhood hiding during the Holocaust.

The brothers all share different memories regarding their time in the cave.

For the oldest brother Emmanuel, the part of his life spent in the cave was a miserable one. The only reason he agreed to go on the journey was to appease his youngest brother, Bubi.

For Andrea, the middle brother, the months spent in the cave were full of fond memories.

“Those were wonderful times,” he said. “We lived in the woods, played Robin Hood and collected mushrooms. I had fun during the Holocaust.”

For Bubi, the youngest of the three, the quest to find the cave is about more than revisiting a part of his life, it’s about figuring out what really happened. Bubi, only 4 years old at the time, is out to discover whether his recollection of the cave is simply the product of hearing years of family stories or actual memories.

“It’s human for our memories – personal or shared – to become a source of our identity,” said filmmaker Tamar Tal Anati. “Often it seems any particular moment can only be accurately constructed when everyone is involved, as each person’s particular recollection of an event helps piece together a larger mosaic of a shared experience.”

Shalom Italia will air following the Oscarnominated short Joe’s Violin. The documentary tells the story of how a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx schoolgirl Brianna Perez.

The double feature Joe’s Violin and Shalom Italia will debut Monday, July 24 at 10 p.m. on WEDU. It will repeat July 26 at 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.; and July 27 at 12:30 a.m., 8:30 am and 2:30 p.m. on WEDU or its affiliate stations.

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