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1938 Different

Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Documentary | Italy, 2018
Director: Giorgio Treves
Italian with English subtitles, 62 minutes

Prior to 1938, Italy did not have a history of anti-Semitism, and a Jewish minority had existed there peacefully for centuries. However, in September of that year, Mussolini declared restrictive racial laws, stripping non-Aryans of their livelihoods and civil rights. A provocative propaganda campaign employed articles, cartoons, comic strips and short films to transform the perception of Italian Jews into "diversi", or “different” people - and then further into enemies of the nation - resulting in humiliation, discrimination, and violence toward the Jewish community.

Through the voices of witnesses, survivors and scholars, Oscar-nominated director Giorgio Treves shines a light on these remarkable events, illuminating the decisive role played by the mass media in one of the most tragic examples of racial persecution in human history.

Winner of the Awards for Best Documentary from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, and Special Mention, Human Rights Film Award at the Venice Film Festival.