Director: Oren Jacoby. Producer: Oren Jacoby. Writer: Oren Jacoby. Editor: Deborah Peretz.
Awards and Festivals
Hamptons International Film Festival, Rome Film Festival
Would you risk your life to save a stranger? And never talk about it? My Italian Secret tells the stories of sports idol Gino Bartali and other Italians who saved Jews and refugees during WWII. Bartali, a Tour de France cycling champion, made hundreds of trips transporting fake documents in the frame of his bicycle for a secret underground network organized by the Cardinal and the Rabbi of Florence. As an entire continent was engulfed in a genocide which took the lives of nearly 6 million Jews in Nazi occupied Europe, more than 80 percent of Italy’s Jews survived. Bartali, like most of the rescuers, never sought recognition or reward, and few of those he helped knew his name or what role he played in their rescue.