On the occasion of the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, in collaboration with The Consulate General of Israel in Toronto, The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, L’Altra Italia Association and Villa Charities, present the screening of “Shores of Light, Salento 1945-7” (Documentary, 56min – 2015) written and directed by Yael Katzir, produced by Gady Castel, Yael Katzir.
This film is an unknown post-WWII story about Jewish Survivors on their way to the Land of Israel. On the sunny shores of Southern Italy thousands of Survivors were received with warmth and compassion by the very poor local Italians. Hundreds of children were born there symbolizing a new beginning. Three Israeli women, born in Santa-Maria-di-Leuca (1946), decide to discover the footprints left by their parents in Italy. Enchanted by the place and the people they realize what these Shores of Light meant for their parents. Integrated in the film are unique testimonies and archival footage enriching this captivating saga.