VOLEVO SOLO VIVERE

by Mimmo Calopresti

35mm, colour-b/w, 75', 2006

coproduction with USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Gagé Produzioni, Wildside Media, Rai Cinema, RTSI Televisione svizzera

original version: Italian

subtitles: English, French

Awards: Nomination David di Donatello: Best Documentary, Nomination Nastri d’Argento: Best Documentary, Capri Hollywood Festival: Peace Award, Agave di cristallo, Lerici: “La memoria come presente” Award. Festival Selections: Bellaria Film Festival, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Festival des Films du Monde de Montreal, Annecy Cinema Italien, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, Solothurn Film Festival, Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid

Nine stories through which we follow the most significant events of this harrowing experience: the enactment of the racial laws in Italy, the futile escape attempts, the deportation, the separation from other family members, the miraculous survival in Auschwitz, and liberation with the arrival of the allied soldiers. Words that we may not be hearing for the first time, but which narrate the many aspects of these tragic accounts: from the most intimate and personal to the more notorious and cruel. These individuals, through their testimonies, are not afraid to reveal feelings of tenderness and compassion, as well as moments of happiness. Mimmo Calopresti made this film by viewing and selecting from the hundreds of Italian testimonies collected in the archives of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, as well as archival footage and photographs taken from the personal photo albums of the survivors.