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Diversi: 1938 by Giorgio Treves



Diversi: 1938 by Giorgio Treves

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute invite you to the US Premiere of 1938: Diversi, a documentary by Academy Award nominated director Giorgio Treves.

1938-2018: eighty years have passed since the Fascist regime’s promulgation of the racial laws. An important and unfortunately still highly relevant anniversary. How could the propaganda make it possible to accept the persecution of a minority that had been living peacefully in Italy for centuries? 

Presented at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, 1938: Diversi sets out to describe what the implementation of those laws meant for Italian Jews and how the population, both Jewish and non-Jewish, reacted to racism and persecution. 

The screening will be followed by a conversation featuring director Giorgio Treves, Dr. Elizabeth B. White and Lindsay Zarwell, respectively Senior Historian and Film Archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The discussion will be moderated by Susan Barocas, writer, filmmaker and former Director of the Jewish Film Festival in Washington DC.


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Please Note



Due to new safety regulations, we are not allowed to add extra seats to the auditorium or let anyone stand. A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time. Ticket availability date subject to change.



PREVIEW (via Vimeo)




Giorgio Treves

trevesGiorgio Treves was born in New York in 1945. An assistant to Rosi, De Sica and Visconti, he made his directorial debut in 1972 with K-Z, which was nominated for an Oscar as best documentary. La Coda Del Diavolo (1986) was his first full-length movie and won the David di Donatello for best new director. In 2001, ROSA E CORNELIA won the Grolla d’Oro of the public and for its actresses. In 2006, Luchino ViscontiLe Chemin De La Recherchewas shown at festivals in Rome, Biarritz and Montreal. In 2014, the documentary Gian Luigi Rondi: Vita Cinema Passione– presented at the Venice Film Festival – won the Nastro d’Argento and the Globo d’Oro. In 2017, 60: Ieri, Oggi And Domaniwas nominated for best documentary at the David di Donatello and the Globo d’Oro. His latest film, 1938 Diverse (2018), premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.


Dr. Elizabeth B. White


Dr. Elizabeth B. (“Barry”) White is a senior historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, serving as an expert on the Holocaust and on post-Holocaust genocides and mass atrocities. She previously served as the Research Director of the Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide. Before working at the Museum, she served as the Deputy Director and Chief Historian of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), helping to direct investigations and prosecutions of Nazi criminals and of human rights violators in the United States. She was also Deputy Chief and Chief Historian in the Justice Department’s Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section. Dr. White has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia and is the author of German Influence in the Argentine Army, 1900-1945, as well as numerous articles and papers pertaining to the Holocaust, genocide prevention, and the pursuit of justice for international crimes.


Lindsay Zarwell

zarwell02Lindsay Zarwell has worked as a film archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 2000 where she acquires, conserves, manages, and promotes media archives. She is particularly focused on collecting and interpreting amateur film collections and preserving the Claude Lanzmann SHOAH collection. She was instrumental in launching the first web-based catalog with streaming video for public access to Holocaust film footage in 2006. Ms. Zarwell has contributed to several collaborative projects promoting digital access to historic film.


Susan Barocas

barocasSusan Barocas is a writer, producer and film festival consultant specializing in documentaries and films for non-profit organizations. Her screen credits include Nightmare's End - The Liberation of the CampsCoal CountryJewish Cooking in Americaand MaineGirlsfor Discovery, Channel 4, Maryland Public Television and Sierra Club among others. Susan has served as director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Women in Film and Video International Festival. Her work also includes building community and organizational support for films and film festivals for such clients as AFI Docs, National Geographic and the Washington DC International Film Festival (Filmfest DC). She serves on the DC Women in Film and Video Advisory Council and is a past board member. For several years, she has chaired the Circle Award jury for Filmfest DC and has served as a media grants panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.



Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Washington

Entrance : Free


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