Faces of Memory
By Isabel Russinova, Rodolfo Martinelli, documentary, Italy, 2020.
Istria of exodus and sinkholes through the testimonies of those who suffered the atrocities of the Second World War, losing everything: their identity, their home and very often their life. A journey towards memory through the testimonies, memories, truths of those who were there and lived through the drama of the Second World War and the exodus.
The documentary has as its main theme the difficult confrontation that history has with the eastern Italian border, and brings attention back to that world of injustice and pain that spreads and spreads over time, fixing the memory of those who can still tell their own experience of life in the years between the second conflict and immediately after the war. The voices, faces, stories of men and women who lived through those terrible years when they were very young and who still preserve images, sounds, sensations: they are the last witnesses of that time, a precious asset for all of humanity. Stories that fix an era that would otherwise be lost, modified, forgotten. A memory of horrors, injustices, prejudices. Only through knowledge, memory, reflection, awareness can we help the new generations. Know not to make mistakes again.