Jewish Community Center Rockland International Jewish Film Festival

Saturday, Apr 24, 2021

West Nyack, NY 10994

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A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto

Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 pm - Saturday, April 24, 11:59 pm

Past and present meet upon the discovery of an old, mysterious photograph that will end up tying together Christian and Jewish students in search of the truth. Trying to unravel the mystery behind the portrait, the boys embark on a journey through a night of horror that cannot be forgotten: the raid of the Roman Ghetto. Retracing these painful events will give them the chance to take a collective stance towards personal, existential, and cultural commitment.

Syndrome K

Thursday, April 22, 7:30 pm - Monday, April 26, 11:59 pm

It might just be the only disease to have ever actually saved lives. And it didn’t really exist.

Syndrome K is a feature documentary in production that tells the story of three courageous Roman Catholic doctors who saved Jews by convincing the Nazis that these Jews were infected with a highly deadly and contagious disease that the doctors called Syndrome K.

After Mussolini was removed, and Italy signed an Armistice with the Allies, the Nazis became infuriated, and they occupied Rome. The occupying Nazis deported over 1,000 Jews to Auschwitz from the Jewish Ghetto in Rome in October 1943 and most never returned. Many Jews sought refuge in Fatebenefratelli hospital where the three doctors invented the disease to protect them.

Dr. Ossicini was interviewed for this film as were survivors. The footage amassed by the filmmaker and from archives is chilling and the heroism is pronounced. 

It is a story that needs to be told.

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