In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, Italian pubcaster RAI has announced production on La Stella di Andra e Tati (The Star of Andra and Tati), an animated TV special that tells the true story of two Italian sisters who survived at the Auschwitz concentration camp as children.
Produced by RAI Kids with Italian studio Larcadarte, the 26-minute special follows the Bucci sisters, who were four and six years old when they were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau on March 29, 1944 with their mother, grandmother, aunt and cousin. Directed by Rosalba Vitellaro and Alessandro Belli with drawings by Annalisa Corsi, the film intertwines the girls’ history with another story of a group of students that visited Auschwitz.
When Red Army troops opened the gates of the concentration camp on January 27, 1945, the sisters were freed and the date—since 2001 in Italy and 2005 worldwide—became the day of the Holocaust Remembrance. One of the sisters currently lives in the US, while the other resides in Brussels.
The special is scheduled to air on RAI Gulp next September and will also be used for educational purposes in schools across Italy, thanks to a deal struck between RAI and the Italian Ministry of Education.