On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Italian Cultural Institute in São Paulo will make available in streaming, with English subtitles, the docufilm “1938: Diversi” by Giorgio Treves, from 27 January to 25 February.
The docufilm tells what the promulgation of the racial laws meant for Italian Jews and how both the Jewish and non-Jewish population experienced racism and persecutions. The film shows the articles, cartoons, comic strips and short videos that in just a few months transformed the Jewish people first into “others”, and then into real enemies of the nation. The film tells the impact the racial laws had on the everyday lives of Italian Jews, both through the voices of some witnesses, and through an animated reconstruction of some episodes of discrimination and humiliation. Important scholars help us look at this dramatic historical moment from a new perspective that can shed light on the crucial role played by mass media in one of the most tragic examples of racial persecution in human history.