Yesterday, I had the great privilege of attending the World Premiere of Shalom Italia, a brand new documentary by Israeli film maker Tamar Tal Anati, at the American Film Institute Silver Theater in Silver Springs, Maryland.
The movie tells the story of the three Anati brothers, ages 73, 82 and 84, who set off on a journey to find a cave in the woods of Tuscany, Italy. This cave is the place where they remember hiding as children with their entire family to escape the Nazis. Each brother has a different recollection of the events that took place some 70 years ago, and each brother approaches this adventure differently. This delightful movie overlays the humorous interaction between the three brothers with a reflection on the importance of memories on our lives.
I could not help but draw a parallel with the story of my parents who were both hidden during the war and survived the Holocaust as well. My father was hidden on a farm, not unlike the three brothers picture in the movie. My mother lived under and assumed Christian name while her parents lived hidden in a basement. Like the Anati brothers, my parents owed their lives to the generosity and courage of Christian men and women who protected them during the war. My mother kept a very close relationship with her saviors, the George family, until her death. Like the Emmanuel Anati, my parents and my grandmother were always reluctant to speak about this period of their lives, perhaps repressing these memories.
Following the showing, we had the great fortune of having a question and answer session with Tamar, the film maker and with Reuven who traveled for the Premiere. This was a great moment that added to the significance and pleasure of the event. The movie is expertly edited, and professionally put together. I would highly recommend that you look for any showings in your area. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer below 🙂