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Holocaust in Film 2022, Film #3: My Italian Secret-The Forgotten Heroes

February 22, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Free admission 
  • Free popcorn is provided for all attendees
  • Stay tuned after the screening for a discussion of the film led by local film director, producer, and historian, Michele Forman

ATTENTION: In order to reduce this risk of COVID-19 transmission, the audience at all screenings will be limited and masks will be required. Registration for these films will close once capacity has been reached.


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About Film #4: Denial



Would you risk your life to save a stranger and never talk about it?  MY ITALIAN SECRET tells the story of sports idol Gino Bartali and other courageous Italians who carried out ingenious schemes to rescue Jews, partisans and refugees from Nazi-occupied Italy.  Gino Bartali is a sports legend; but his most daring triumph came when he risked his life over and over to save Jews threatened by Nazi extermination. The story of Bartali and the secret network he worked with stands in for the stories of thousands of Italians who risked their lives to save others from capture and death. As an entire continent was engulfed in a genocide which took the lives of most Jews in Nazi occupied Europe (nearly 6 million people), more than 80 percent of Italy’s Jews survived. Bartali, like most of the rescuers, never sought recognition or reward. Few of those he helped knew his name or what role he played in their rescue.





“…director Oren Jacoby’s carefully crafted film deftly blends archival footage with dramatic re-creations and interviews with surviving family members to illuminating effect.”
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

“Yet another fascinating, little-know story about the Holocaust is movingly related in Oren Jacoby‘s documentary about the role that Italians played in rescuing their Jewish neighbors during the height of the Nazi occupation.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“…riveting documentary…”
TV Guide






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February 22, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema
1821 2nd Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203 United States
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