In 1997 Roberto Benigni co-wrote and directed the film LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL with Vincenzo Cerami based on the book, “In the End, I Beat Hitler by Rubino Romeo.” The story itself - both beautiful and frightening, chronicled Romeo’s experience with his son in a German Labour camp during World War II. Benigni penned the story as a comedy/drama. I could only imagine how difficult it was for Benigni to raise the funds for a Holocaust film starring himself - an Italian comic at the time, but somehow he did. Roberto Benigni went on to both direct and star in the film, playing the role of Guido, a young Jewish/Italian man who works in a bookstore, married to an Italian woman Dora, played by Nicoletta Braschi, who share a young son, Giosue, played by Giorgio Cantarini. When World War II breaks out, he and his young family are taken to a German concentration camp, whereupon arrival Guido and his son are separated from his wife. The story goes on to depict Guido’s antics with his as he desperately tries to shield him from the horrors of the concentration camp. He does this by convincing his young son, that their incarceration in this camp is nothing more than an elaborate, complicated game, filled with endless tasks, each one earning points with the goal winning a "Tank." Time after time as they’re nearly caught, Guido initiates task after task, which often-times include the officers themselves, to safeguard his son from seeing the actuality of what is going on around them. Without giving away the ending, the film went on to be a runaway success earning 3 Oscars including Benigni for his clownish portrayal of Guido. Though this film is a loose portrayal of the actual events that took place, there is one thing that holds true, the great lengths at which the real person - Rubino Romeo went through to shield his son from the fearful events in one of the most horrendous times in our history. So now, as the pendulum swings back and forth from COVID 19 to protests, racial injustice, hurricanes, wildfires, political discourse and violence on our streets - how can we make a difference?

Can life be beautiful in 2020 and beyond?

How does it help us by continuing to look through the glass darkly? 


How can WE protect our children from the harms of today’s ever-changing society? Some have experienced turmoil and tragedies during these troubled times and yet still have found a way to rise above them. And yet, there are many people who have benefited from the lockdown caused by COVID 19, that are actually grateful, and have stories to tell. Great stories. Tales depicting positive change, new dreams, families reconnecting, new business ventures, self-care, meeting neighbours you never knew you had, spiritual awakenings, the list goes on and on. Do you have a story? Has COVID 19 changed your life and made your life beautiful?  Please share your stories!

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