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Primo Levi's Journey Details

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[[Performer~P222175~Primo Levi~primolevi]]'s harrowing memoir If This Is a Man appeared in the U.S. in 1959 as Survival in Auschwitz; historians now regard it as the most critically important written conveyance of the horrors within the Nazi concentration camps. But the account in that text only represents half of [[Performer~P222175~Levi~primolevi]]'s story. The other half began after his release from Auschwitz. Instead of simply returning to his native Turin, [[Performer~P222175~Levi~primolevi]] and 600 others were forcibly shipped east -- thousands of miles away from their homes. Thus began a grueling, trans-national journey that [[Performer~P222175~Levi~primolevi]] undertook, across war-ravaged Europe and back to Turin -- a journey that took all of 12 months to complete, and that filled him, alternately, with incredulity, anger, wonder, and astonishment -- as he reflected on the meaning of his own survival in the camps. [[Performer~P222175~Levi~primolevi]] died in 1987; as a tribute to the belletrist and historian, acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker [[Performer~P89642~Davide Ferrario~davideferrario]] (Far from Rome, Borderline) retraces [[Performer~P222175~Levi~primolevi]]'s route with his cameras in his documentary Primo Levi's Journey. [[Performer~P89642~Ferrario~davideferrario]] travels through Ukraine, Belarus, Moldavia, Romania, Hungary, Germany, and south to his native country, evaluating, at each stop, the sociological climate and the various ways in which Eastern Europe has alternately evolved and remained static over the prior 60 years. [[Performer~P89642~Ferrario~davideferrario]] touches on numerous issues relevant to the contemporary sociopolitical landscape of Eastern Europe, as the Russian satellite countries struggle to develop national identities, and concurrently reflects on the experiences of [[Performer~P222175~Levi~primolevi]]'s original trip. Celebrated Polish filmmaker Andrezj Wajda appears early on and serves as a "tour guide" for one of the first legs of the voyage. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:August 17, 2007

Cast

Chris Cooper
as Narrator (English)
Umberto Orsini
as Narrator (Italian)

Crew

Davide Ferrario
Director
Davide Ferrario
Producer
Davide Ferrario
Screenwriter
Marco Belpoliti
Screenwriter
Massimiliano Trevis
Cinematographer
Gherardo Gossi
Cinematographer
Daniele Sepe
Composer (Music Score)
Claudio Cormio
Editor
Francesca Bocca
Associate Producer
Ladis Zanini
Executive Producer
Vito Martinelli
Sound/Sound Designer
Gianni Sardo
Sound/Sound Designer
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