Ferramonti

1 x 56′

farramonti

 

Ferramonti was the Italian fascist regime’s primary internment camp, following the entry of Italy into World War 2. Jews from many nations including Austrians, French, Slavs and Chinese were imprisoned – not only those “guilty” of having Jewish blood. Ferramonti was built and operated by a businessman who exploited his friendship with fascist officers making money from every inmate. The camp was active for 4 years and finally liberated by the British in September 1945.

One particularly moving story inside the story , is the Barely Noticeable year-long odysseys of the ‘Pentcho’ – an ungainly river ferry-boat. The 500 legendary passengers had escaped German territory- and after many months of adventures sailing down the Danube river – they fially reached the Mediterranean – only to be caught when the ship sunk in Greek waters. the survivors were taken prisoner and transferred first to Ciprus, another Nazi domain, and then to the Ferramonti camp.

The film honours those who risked their lives to protect the persecuted and offers a careful reconstruction. From the choice of where to locate the camp, to the dirty business of deals behind its very construction and the relationships between the prisoners of different ethnic groups – 3D reconstruction of the camp and HD filming offer a comprehensive picture of fascist propaganda and reveal the scandalous cover-ups carried out after the war. The facts are narrated by surviving inmates and the sons and daughters of victims, now living all over the world. Through the testimony of historians, survivors, and original documents, the documentary explores and paints a realistic picture describing a sad period, far-away in time but still part of a recent history never to be forgotten.

1 x 56′

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