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[Remembrance Day 2021] Film screening and discussion: La Razzia (The Raid) by Ruggero Gabbai



[Remembrance Day 2021] Film screening and discussion: La Razzia (The Raid) by Ruggero Gabbai

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2021, join us for a special screening of La Razzia (The Raid), a documentary by Ruggero Gabbai. On October 16, 1943, the Nazis arrested more than 1,250 Jews in Rome. The victims prepared their suitcases and abandoned their homes in few minutes. On October 18th, they took them to the Tiburtina train station to be piled up in twenty-eight cattle wagons and deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Only sixteen of them made it back home. Seventy-eight years after that raid, this documentary film traces one of the most tragic pages of Italian history through the voices of those who lived it and are now offering a precious and unprecedented testimony of this appalling event. 

The documentary will be preceded by opening remarks by H.E.Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Ruth Dureghello, President of Rome's Jewish Community, and an introduction to the film by Mario Venezia, President of the Shoah Museum Foundation in Rome and co-producer of La Razzia. A post-screening conversation with movie director, Ruggero Gabbai, and Leslie Swift, Chief of Film, Oral History and Recorded Sound at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will follow. 


Directed by Ruggero Gabbai
Italy 2018 | 60 min
Film in Italian with English subtitles



PLEASE NOTE:  Streaming is available between 10:30 AM on January 27, 2021 and 10:30 PM on January 31, 2021 for up to 500 users (capacity). After unlocking the film, you have 24hrs to start viewing, and from the time you begin watching, an additional 24hrs to complete it. All streaming will end at 10:30 PM on January 31st, so, please plan the time you start watching accordingly.

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ruggero gabbai
Ruggero Gabbai


Ruggero Gabbai studied Film directing at Columbia University where he graduated in 1993. There he collaborated with directors such as Milos Forman, Emir Kusturica, and Martin Scorsese. His thesis project was his first documentary The King of Crown Heights, aired on prime time by PBS America and distributed worldwide. His documentary Memoria -filmed in Auschwitz- was selected for The Berlin Film Festival in 1997 and won numerous prizes. Since then, Ruggero has directed more than 25 documentaries focusing on many subjects, such as IO RICORDO, a docu-fiction based on the testimony of the relatives of the victims of the Sicilian mafia. The film received the High prize from the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano.

His documentary The Longest Journey focuses on the compelling story of the Italian Jews of Rhodes who were deported from the Greek island to Auschwitz. The film has been selected at the 30th Jerusalem International Film Festival and has been broadcast by RAI in the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014.

He has directed CityZEN, a documentary about the notorious neighborhood known as ZEN built on the outskirts of Palermo. The film was selected at the Taormina Film Festival and broadcast by Sky Atlantic. In 2016 he directed Starting Over Again, a documentary about the exodus of the Jews of Egypt between 1948 and 1956, which was followed by Libya, the last exodus in 2017. It is a documentary portraying the life of the thriving Jewish community in Libya and in its capital, Tripoli. In 2018 Gabbai directed La Razzia, Roma 16 ottobre 1943, a documentary portraying the violent raid which brought to the deportation of more than 1.000 Italian Jews. The film has been selected for the 13th Festival del Cinema di Roma and its rights were bought by Rai Cinema. In 2018, Ruggero has directed the documentary Being Missoni, about the family and the style of a unique Italian fashion brand, broadcast by Sky Arte.



Leslie Swift
Leslie Swift


Leslie Swift has worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for more than 20 years, first in the Photo Archives and then in the Film and Video Archive, which houses the Museum's extensive collection of archival film from the Holocaust period. Since October 2014 she has been the Chief of the Film, Oral History, and Recorded Sound branch. Leslie has an undergraduate degree in history from Elmira College and a master’s degree in American Studies from George Washington University.



Data: Da Mer 27 Gen 2021 a Dom 31 Gen 2021

Organizzato da : Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

Ingresso : Libero