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International Day of Remembrance, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, 2021, online documentary



International Day of Remembrance, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, 2021, online documentary

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021 to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, Farnesina presents the documentary "Witnesses of the Witnesses", produced by Studio Azzurro.

The documentary can be viewed by following the link on Vimeo.

The video document takes on several forms of memory, weaving them into a layered fabric, similar to the one with which each person's personal memory is "naturally" constructed: silent images that take on the task of showing the point of no return of the encounter with the unspeakable reality of what has been, with the visible but also with the invisible, guarded by the voices of surviving witnesses, including Sami Modiano and Tatiana Bucci, who, along with others, have physically met the students during the Memory Trips. They offer us what we have not been able to see and which, without their broken voices, would have been lost in the slimy lake of forgetfulness. As a counterpoint, the voices and faces of today's students who declare their intention to save us from the lethal forgetfulness of what happened, aware that only by taking on the memory of those who lived can we attempt to give form and substance to the daily action that builds a possibility of a future that does not replicate "what has been".

The video document opens with an aerial image of the "Auschwitz complex": 3 major camps, 47 subfields covering 40 square kilometers. A large machine, structured with diligent and geometric precision. Cheering voices rise from the silence, with a rhythm equal to that of a running train. It is the exalted rhythm of crowds cheering for the speeches of Hitler and Mussolini. We are on the train to Auschwitz and over the voice of Hitler who is moving away, we enter the camp and find instead the voices of the surviving witnesses. Tears of memory, painful, unbearable, emerge from the images together with the essential data that give the measure of the "extermination machine". The images become paradoxical slides in motion, defective in showing in the empty moment what one would not want to see and finally jammed on two twins, on their looks that will forever question the viewer. The faces of the Witnesses return and linger on more everyday details, those that almost miraculously allow us to approach, at least with the senses of imagination, the memory of the other.