Join us for a program about war crimes in Italy during World War II and about a new Berkeley initiative that combats impunity for similar crimes today. The events that took place in Italy during World War II inspired a major Italian novel, an Oscar-winning Italian film, a critically-acclaimed American play, and most recently, an opera jointly commissioned by San Francisco Opera and Teatro Regio di Torino in 2015. Yet despite the myriad ways this dark chapter in history has been remembered in the arts, these war crimes have been largely forgotten in official histories. University of California scholars will join a renowned Italian film critic and Bay Area performing artist in exploring the struggle to confront this moment in light of the postwar order and the evolving discourse of human rights since 1945.

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Presented in recognition of Italy’s celebration of Liberation Day on April 25.


Monday, April 24 – 7:00pm
Vittorio De Sica, Two Women (1960) , Hearst Field Annex 1A

Tuesday, April 25 – 7:00pm
Roberto Rossellini, Paisan (1946) , Berkeley Law, Room 100

Wednesday, April 26 – 8:00pm
Giuseppe De Santis, Under the Olive Tree (1950), 159 Mulford Hall
All Films are Free and Open to the Public


With scholars in law, human rights, and the humanities from UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of Law together with the leader of the Associazione Giuseppe De Santis.

Wednesday, April 26 – 2:00-5:00PM
Berkeley Law, Room 170 Free and Open to the Public


Eating Pasta off the Floor, by Maria Grazia Affinito
Thursday, April 27 – 7:30PM

The Marsh Theater, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

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