The Museum of the Italian Judaism and the Shoah (MEIS) in Ferrara produced a documentary on the history of the Italian Jewish Community that will preview this week in New York. The short movie, called “Through The Eyes Of Italian Jews,” will be screened at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University during the event “World Cultural Conservation. Italy at the Forefront: Innovation versus Constraints”, featuring the Ministry of Cultural Heritage Daio Franceschini, the director of the Academy David Freedberg, and the MEIS President Dario Disegni.
The 18 minute long documentary summarizes over two millennia of Jewish presence in the Italian peninsula. It is going to be part of a virtual installation that will be part of the museum’s exhibit.
“Few people know how Italian Jews lived and what contribution they made to the country. Now that the museum is about to open, we have thought that through an appealing and intelligent attraction we could reach two goals: excite the curiosity of the audience and inspire them to understand that there is much more about Italian Judaism than just the Holocaust, and also give the audience a hint of how the museum will be, hinting at themes that will be explored in depth.” This was explained by the curator and TV writer Giovanni Carrada.
The MEIS will be inaugurated in December.