Friday, November 13, 2015

My Italian Secret

It's Friday night. So, maybe there's a movie in your weekend plans?

My Italian Secret.  The story of Gino Bartali, and the secret underground network he worked with, stands in for the stories of thousands of Italians who risked their own lives to save others from capture and death. As almost the entire continent was engulfed in a genocide, which took the lives of most Jews in Nazi occupied Europe (nearly 6 million people), more than 80% of Italys Jews survived.

 I can't even begin to tell you how motivated I am by this movie. It's partially subtitled but you can't look away anyway. It's beautiful in it's simplicity and storytelling. It's compelling because we live in a world where we continue to say things like "never again" and "we would never stand by and let that happen" and yet...Syria. Burundi. Missing and Murdered Indiginous Women in our very own country. Central African Republic. South Sudan. What do I do when faced with such evil when I hear of it? Shamefully, as quoted in Hotel Rwanda, "change the channel and go back to our dinner." often describes what I do. Or don't do.

We need heroes in our time. Not the brand of heroes that Hollywood throws at us or the shallow self congratulatory heroism of our day in which we celebrate small kindnesses that should be the markers of humanity, not the elevation of it.

It's Friday night. I watched this last night and haven't thought of anything else much since. It's going to be a long weekend indeed.

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