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A Tale of Two Women:
From Postwar Italian Cinema to Human Rights Today

What does sexual violence look like when it becomes a war strategy? Please join us for a program about an historic incident that occurred in Italy during World War II and new Berkeley initiative that combats impunity for similar crimes today.

The Italian incident found its way into 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 it has been remembered in the arts, this war crime was 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 the episode identified with Two Women in light of the postwar order and the evolving discourse of human rights since 1945.

Film fest

with discussion by an Italian film expert, and featuring a short solo performance by Maria Grazia Affinito on the opening night.

April 24: Vittorio De Sica, Two Women (1960), Hearst Field Annex 1A, 7 p.m.

April 25: Roberto Rossellini, Paisan (1946), Berkeley Law, Room 100, 7 p.m.

April 26: Giuseppe De Santis, Under the Olive Tree (1950), 159 Mulford Hall, 8 p.m.

All films 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.

April 26: Berkeley Law, Room 170, 2-5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.


of Eating Pasta off the Floor by Maria Grazia Affinito

April 27: The Marsh Theater, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, 7:30 p.m.

Hilarious and bittersweet … a spellbinding tale,” KQED Arts

Help support these programs by visiting our crowdfunding page.

Sponsored by the Human Rights Center, Institute of European Studies, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, Arts & Humanities Division in the College of Letters and Science, Townsend Center for the Humanities along with Italian Society at Berkeley and the ASUC.