Friday, November 2, 2007

Primo Levi's Journey the Film

Primo Levi’s Journey – (not rated) Primo Levi (1919 - 1987) was an Italian Jew, a writer and scientist, who spent about a year in Auschwitz before liberation by Russian troops. He survived but before he could reach his home in Milan, Italy, he made a journey of 1,000 miles to get there. This unique documentary re-traces Levi's eight-month journey through Russia, Poland, and Romania. These months coincided with the brief truce between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. The film is based on Levi’s 1963 memoir, “The Truce” and it asks the audience to reflect on the current truce that began when the Berlin Wall fell along with the Iron Curtain and effectively ended on September 11, 2001.

The film evokes the question: When and who will take responsibility for the next truce and what will it mean for humanity?

(Primo Levi fell to his death in his home from a staircase landing; it was ruled a suicide but many contest this verdict.)

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