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Film Screening of 'Geto: The Historic Jewish Ghetto of Venice'

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy

Geto, a film by Regina Resnik and Michael Philip Davis.

Geto narrates the history of the Jews in Venice and the area in which they were compelled to live. Written and produced by the late opera singer Regina Resnik and her son, Michael Philip Davis, and narrated by Ms. Resnik, the film explores the complicated relationship of the Jews with a Christian city that was ambivalent about having them in its midst.

The darkest part of the Ghetto’s history appears in rare footage of Hitler and Mussolini’s first meeting, in Venice, in 1934. The film also captures the first visit to the Ghetto by an Italian head of state, President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, as he unveils The Last Train, a massive bas-relief by Resnik’s husband, Lithuanian-born artist Arbit Blatas, memorializing the victims of the Holocaust.