"American-Jewish-Negro jungle music". That is how Goebbels defined jazz, as a degenerate art. Coco Schumann was a twenty-year-old Berliner who was imprisoned in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz and whose passion for jazz saved his life.
Mara Chiaretti (Rome, 1935) has always been involved in contemporary art, writing for newspapers and weekly magazines. From 1967 to 1972 she directed the Iolas-Galatea Art Gallery in Rome, where she maintained her activity as art expert until 1982 in her own studio. Since 1992 she has worked as Federico Tiezzi's assistant director in the I Magazzini Theater Company. In 1998 her documentary, Swing Heil! won the Silver Sacher prize at the Rome Sacher Festival. In 1999 her documentary Em Shakulà received the jury's special mention at the Festival Arcipelago. In 2001 she directed the documentary, Davai bistrè! Avanti presto!, produced by Nanni Moretti and Angelo Barbagallo for the series, I diari della Sacher and presented at the Venice Film Festival.
Swing Heil (doc., 1997), Em Shakulà (doc., 1999), Davai bistrè! Avanti presto! (doc., 2001), Vestito da sposa (2001).
Director of photography: Hans-Jürgen Büsch.
Sound: Michael Heilmann, Andreas Koppen.
Production company: Ottobre Produzioni, c/o Mara Chiaretti, via di San Giacomo 22, .00187 Roma, Italy, tel. +39-6-36001982.