24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival | May 4-14, 2017

The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life / Il Ghetto di Venezia, 500 Anni di Vita

Canadian Premiere
COUNTRIES: Italy, France
YEAR: 2015
LANGUAGES: Italian, English
DIRECTOR: Emanuela Giordano

Venice—famed for its architecture, art and canals--is also the place where, 500 years ago, the Jewish Community was forced to live in the city’s ghetto.  Seen through the eyes of a young man discovering his family’s past, this film reconstructs the history of Europe’s oldest ghetto: the shifting relations between the Jewish Community and various city governments, the tensions and connections between Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews, and the progression from separation to integration for Venetian Jews.  A compelling and informative recounting of an important part of Jewish history. 

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Sponsored by:

Ganz Family Foundation


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