Film screening and conversation: The
Film screening and conversation: The Island of Roses, Tragedy in Paradise, by Rebecca Samonà. 2008/Italy, 56 min., documentary, in Italian with English subtitles Written and directed by Rebecca Samonà. Produced by L’Altravista and Rebecca Samonà.
Pregnant with her second child, Rebecca Samonà goes to the island of Rhodes to research family stories, accompanied by her mother Erminia Licitri and Stella Levi, a family friend who survived the deportation. Through the two women’s memories Rebecca reconstructs the life and annihilation of the Jews of Rhodes from the beginning of the Italian colonization in 1912, to the deportation to Auschwitz in July 1944.