My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 1:30 PM
West Coast Premiere

NOTE: all screenings at this venue are 19+.

Sponsored by:
Stephen and Stephanie Miller
Robert Albanese and Harriet Frost

This compelling documentary film focuses on Gino Bartali, the charismatic Italian sports idol and Tour de France cycling champion, whose role in this history was never revealed in his lifetime. The film also introduces three other characters who were children in Italy under Fascism and each survived World War II thanks to Italians, like Bartali, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to help strangers escape Nazi persecution. Their personal stories reflect the larger, untold saga of the Italians who courageously saved Jews and other refugees fleeing the Nazis in World War II.

Community Sponsors:
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Festivals and Awards

  • Directed by Academy Award® nominee Oren Jacoby (Sister Rose's Passion)
  • Laemmle NoHo 7
  • Rome International Film Festival 2014
  • Hamptons International Film Festival

Event Details


Film Info

Year 2014
Country Italy, France, Israel, USA
Director Oren Jacoby
Cast Isabella Rossellini, Robert Loggia
Runtime 92 min
Language Italian & English with English subtitles
Genre ,