A film by Tamar Tal
A film by Tamar Tal Anati. Italy, November 1943. The Italian Social Republic orders the arrest of all Jews present on its territory. A Florentine family, the Gnagnattis, composed of parents, four children and two grandmothers, flees the first round up in the city and seeks refuge on the mountains. The brothers spent months hiding in a cave in the Tuscan countryside. After World War II they moved to Israel and became Israelis. Shalom Italia tells the story of three of them reuniting in Italy nearly seventy years after the fact to search for their family’s hiding place. “For years I’ve wanted to find that cave, the place to which we owe our lives,” says the youngest. Their quest, full of humor, food, and Tuscan landscapes, straddles history and myth. Filmmaker Tamar Tal Anati says of it: “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.”
Post-screening discussion led by Alessandro Cassin, Centro Primo Levi.