Carnival of Putignano
One of the oldest and definitely the longest event in the world takes place in the ancient town of Putignano in the Puglia region of Italy. The origins date back to 1394 when the Knights of Malta moved the relics of St. Stephen from Monolpoli to Putignano to protect them from looters. They were joined by peasants and the occasion was celebrated with dancing, music and singing. Each year on St. Stephen’s Day (December 26th) they have the Festa delle Propaggini to mark the start of the Carnevale season, which ends with the ringing of the bell on Shrove Tuesday.
Carnevale is a magical time in Italy. The entire country celebrates this long-standing tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. Towns all over Italy celebrate this event in their own unique way. The comune of Canale d’Agordo in the province of Belluno within the Veneto region is no different as they celebrate La Zinghenésta.
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Vittoria is a noble Jewish woman living in northern Italy. With the onset of World War II, her life changes completely. When the Nazis arrive in the quiet town, the entire family is forced to flee and cross the border to Switzerland using fake identities. But not everything goes according the plan. One of her children is not allowed to cross the border with the rest of the family and must be left behind. Now, Vittoria must make a critical decision that could scar her and the family forever. This is the story of one unforgettable woman acting under impossible conditions and the entire Italian Jewish community in the face of the Holocaust.
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