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Screening of “The Maestro” to Recognize
Holocaust Remembrance Day

On the occasion of the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018, Villa Charities, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, the Ashkenaz Festival, the Italian Contemporary Film Festival and the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation, present the screening of “The Maestro” (Documentary, 75′ – 2016) directed by Alexander Valenti  and produced by DocLab.


At Barletta, a small town in southern Italy, a quiet but determined hero has brought to life an entire history of forgotten music. For over twenty years, Francesco Lotoro, a professional pianist, has scoured Europe to discover and record music composed clandestinely in World War II camps. Aided by his wife and a handful of friends, he has archived over 4000 scores, including symphonies, operas, folk songs, liturgical works, and also swing and gypsy music. You can see a trailer of the film here.

From Prague to Krakow, from Rome to Paris, this is the astonishing story of a race against oblivion, where each note sounds like a challenge to the oppressor.

Event Information

Date: Monday, January 29, 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Spadina Theatre
Entrance : Free
More Information: Click here