On Wednesday 25 January, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, “Zack, dog hero” will premiere on Rai 1 at 21.25. When the human species is at its worst, salvation can come from a faithful four-legged friend. We are in Berlin, during the Second World War and at the height of Nazi racial persecution. Jewish families are deported to the extermination camps and among these there is also that of little Joshua. An SS officer takes his dog and trains it to guard prisoners. But one day, in the concentration camp, Zack recognizes Joshua and will help him in his escape plans. The coexistence of two contrasting themes such as the horror of the extermination camps and the love for animals is not an easy undertaking to achieve in the cinema. Lynn Roth, a sensitive director not new to these issues, succeeded with her “Zack, dog hero”, based on the Israeli novel “The Jewish dog” which achieved enormous success in her country. The very young August Maturo is measured and moving in interpreting the deported boy and dilutes, at least in part, the dark and inevitable tone in the representation of a tragedy like the Holocaust.
“I killed a man”: the confession entrusted to a ballot paper. Who wrote it? And who would he kill? A mysterious assassin is being sought among the 800 voters of Villasanta (Monza). We talk about it on “Chi l’ha visto?”, with Federica Sciarelli, broadcast on Wednesday 25 January, in prime time on Rai 3. In the second part of the program, the story of Greta, the rock singer who disappeared from Porto Tolle (Rovigo ) the day before selling the house inherited from his grandfather. She lately she was afraid, but of whom? And again: Elena and Luana, mother and daughter, were found dead in an apartment in Rome. Behind the two deaths the shadow of a satanic cult and a man who calls himself the ‘shaman’ who lived together with the two women until last December. And as always the appeals, requests for help and reports of people in difficulty.
Michele Rech, aka Zerocalcare, is the guest of the next episode of “The Press Conference”, available from tomorrow, Wednesday 25 January exclusively on RaiPlay. The format provides for the meeting of three hundred young people, between 15 and 20 years old, ready to raise their hand to ask even irreverent questions to the great personalities of entertainment, sport, journalism and politics. The programme, by Giovanni Benincasa, directed by Flavia Unfer, mimics a real press conference, but without mediation between the table and the audience: thirty minutes without interruption, one question after another.
Bathing issues, the petrol station strike and the news on the post-capture of Messina Denaro are the main themes of the episode of “Radio anch’io”, tomorrow, Wednesday 25 January, on Rai Radio1 from 6.30. But the issue of tanks and corruption in Ukraine will also be discussed. Among Giorgio Zanchini’s guests, between 6.30-7.00: Antonella Màscali, judicial journalist for Il Fatto Quotidiano and writer; Gastone Breccia, scholar of military history, University of Pavia; Paola Bonanni, Grr. Between 7.30-8.00: Maurizio Gasparri, Forza Italia Senator; Brando Benifei, head of the Pd delegation in the European Parliament; Antonio Capacchione, national president of SIB Confcommercio Italian bathing union; Carlo Salvemini, mayor of Lecce. Finally, between 8.30-9.00: Simone Zazzera, from Grr; Teresa Principato, member of the Palermo Dda, was deputy prosecutor between 2009 and 2017; Salvatore Lupo, historian, Mafia expert; Luciano Violante, president of the Leonardo foundation, former president of the Chamber and former magistrate.
Love and war: a common plot both in cinema and in literature. It is the inspiring combination of “Stalingrad”, the film directed by director Fedor Bondarchuk in 2013, broadcast in TV premiere on Rai Movie on Wednesday 25 January at 21.15. The ambitious colossal, starring Thomas Kretschmann, Yanin Studilina, Philippe Reinhard and Mariya Smolnikova, has one of its most original features in its provenance: the film was produced and made in Russia, in the very place where the battle of Stalingrad, judged by many historians as the most important and decisive of the entire Second World War. It is precisely in the autumn of 1942, that is, at the height of the battle, that the narration begins: the fight, in those days, takes place fully in the city area, and a group of Red Army soldiers, after an action gone badly , takes refuge in a building built on the banks of the Volga river, considered strategic for the outcome of the battle. In the building still lives Katya, a young woman who was left alone after the killing of her family, and she has decided not to leave the city and her home. A strong solidarity is immediately established between the girl and the five soldiers, which with one of them is destined to transform into an important feeling. All around the war is raging, and the clash is imminent: but also on the opposite front, the Nazi one, a love is born between a German captain and the beautiful Masha. “Stalingrad” is a sumptuous and expensive production, which visually has nothing to envy to the many colossals made in and around Hollywood. Among the merits of the film, the punctuality of the historical reconstruction, the originality of the plot and a depth of the female figures not very common in films on the Second World War have been recognized. “Stalingrad” was selected to represent Russia at the 2014 Oscars in the category for best foreign film (but Italy’s The Great Beauty would go on to win that year).
A journey that begins in the Roma Termini station and then ends in Tuscany, in Follonica: followed by “Fuori Binario”, broadcast on Wednesday 25 January at 20.25 on Rai 5. It is the Maremmana line, a route that as soon as it leaves the capital forward into the Tuscia countryside, once the epicenter of Etruria, to then reach the Maremma Park and Monte Argentario. A context that offers an extraordinary mosaic of places and characters, a pretext for unique encounters, between shepherds, poets and cybernetic inventors, street actors and environmentalist fishermen, romantic gamekeepers and butteri of the modern age.
Long Covid: a clinical syndrome characterized by the presence of some symptoms related to Sars-CoV-2 infection. This is the theme that “Elisir”, the medical program conducted by Michele Mirabella and Benedetta Rinaldi with Francesca Parisella, addresses in the episode of Wednesday 25 January at 10.30 on Rai 3. To answer the questions, Professor Matteo Bassetti, director of the Clinica Malattie Infectious diseases of the Irccs San Martino Polyclinic Hospital in Genoa. The space “10 minutes up …” is dedicated to the defibrillator, that small life-saving device capable of restoring the normal heartbeat in a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. In the studio Dr. Fausto D’Agostino, anesthetist resuscitator at the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital in Rome and president of the Medical Training Center association. In the space “Tell me doctor”, we talk about the Escherichia coli bacterium: what are the symptoms of the infection? Dr. Giorgio Franco, UOC head of Urology at the Umberto I Polyclinic in Rome, answers. Finally, in the “True or false”, all false beliefs about Omega 3 are debunked. In the studio, Professor Marina Carcea, technologist manager at the Research Center for Food Creation and Nutrition.
Valentino, Laura Biagiotti and Krizia, Eugenio Scalfari and Indro Montanelli, David Bowie, Franca Valeri, Massimo Troisi, Carlo Verdone, Diego Abatantuono: these are the great protagonists of the second episode of “Mixer. Twenty years of television”, which Rai Cultura presents on Wednesday 25 January in prime time on Rai Storia: Giovanni Minoli’s retrospective journey through the history of his current affairs magazine which marked an era focuses on 1981. A historical period in which the P2 scandal broke out: to address the issue, the “face to face” meetings with Maurizio Costanzo, Angelo Rizzoli and Eugenio Scalfari are re-proposed; the founder of La Repubblica also expresses himself on the role of journalism, as does Indro Montanelli, who also addresses the issue of fascism and the attack suffered in 1977; a close question and answer follows between Minoli and the anarchist Pietro Valpreda and, finally, with one of the great protagonists of Italian fashion, Valentino, on charm, seduction and women’s fashion. And fashion signed by women, however, is also at the center of a costume service by Pia Soli with meetings with the queens of Italian style Laura Biagiotti and Krizia. The gaze on society is enriched by a service by Marcella Emiliani on the atomic nightmare and the trafficking of uranium, with the exploitation of Namibia and its rich mines. The section dedicated to entertainment is rich: in the lineup an unfiltered interview with David Bowie and his outing signed by Daniele Doglio, and those in the studio by Isabella Rossellini with Franca Valeri and the new comedians, Massimo Troisi, Carlo Verdone and Diego Abatantuono . The episode closes with Paolo Villaggio in the role of trade unionist Gemma Pontini, always at the forefront of the rights of women, wives and female workers.
The reconstruction of Vincenzo Gemito’s life as if it were a mystery film, with an enigma to solve and clues to follow. It is proposed by Neri Marcorè and “Art Night”, with “Gemito. The crazy sculptor”, a documentary by Luigi Pingitore – produced by Persona Produzioni, in collaboration with Rai Cultura – broadcast on Wednesday 25 January at 21.15 on Rai 5.