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The USC Shoah Foundation Institute Presents its First Italian-Language Documentary, Volevo solo vivere (I Only Wanted to Live)

After a premiere in Rome in January 2006, Volevo solo vivere (I Only Wanted to Live), the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's 10th documentary, quickly became a critical success, screening at the Cannes Film Festival (Official Selection, Out of Competition) and at the Jerusalem Film Festival. The film also garnered a nomination for Italy's main national film award, the Donatello Award, in the category of Best Feature Length Documentary. In the coming months, I Only Wanted to Live will be featured at film festivals around the world, and the film is now available (in Italy only) on DVD.

I Only Wanted to Live incorporates Italian testimonies from the Institute's Visual History Archive. The film follows nine Italian citizens who survive deportation and internment in the Auschwitz death camps; through these nine stories, audiences follow the most significant events of this harrowing experience.