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Italian Film Series

Bringing Contemporary Italian Film to Rochester

Rochester’s first Italian Film Series—showcasing films in Italian language with English subtitles and promoting Italian culture and heritage. With captivating films and special events planned at The Little Theatre and The Cinema Theater in Rochester, the Italian Film Series is a welcome addition to the many events in our area. The streaming option is being added for 2021 allowing viewers from outside the Rochester NY area to be able to access the movies.

Showing Now

May 14 and 15, 2021

A Starry Sky Over the Roman Ghetto

The Italian Film Series, in collaboration with the Jewish Film Festival  presents A Starry Night Over the Roman Ghetto (Un Cielo Stellato Sopra il Ghetto di Roma)


Past and present meet in today’s Rome, where a girl finds in an attic an old and mysterious photograph of a Jewish child. Deciding to find out about her fate, she seeks the help of her school friends and partners up with students from a Jewish school in search of the truth.


October 16, 1943 was the day of the Nazi deportation of the Jews from the Roman

Ghetto, an incurable wound not only for a community that has been tragically

violated, but for the Italian people as a whole. Italian families stepped in and sheltered as many Jews as possible to protect them from deportation, putting their own lives in danger.


Working around limitations set by adults trying to move on from the past, the students try to unravel the mystery that developed; they create a play reflecting their adventure, writing it as events unfold.

Retracing the events of the Raid on the Roman Ghetto will give them the chance to take reflect on their personal lives and convictions.


Directed by Giulio Base who was born in Turin in 1964. He was awarded two TV Best Director Oscars and

was nominated several times at the David di Donatello, the Nastri d’Argento, the Ciak d’Oro, the Globi d’Oro, and the Golden Globes.


Streaming to your personal devices in Italian with English subtitles on May 14 and 15, 2021, the tickets can be purchased after May 7, through the Italian Film Series

Your purchase allows you to access the movie anytime from May 14 and 15, 2021 and you can rewind in case those subtitles are a little too fast.
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The Italian Film Series is a unique opportunity to explore contemporary stories through the eyes and insights of celebrated Italian filmmakers. The following sponsors are actively engaged in the success of the Italian Film Series. Thank you all so much for your support.

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