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Italy's rotten heart

Regissør: Francesco Patierno

Camorra highlights the many phases of the development of organized crime in southern Italy from the 1960 years to the 1990 years. How did violence and misery become "normal"?


Francesco Patiernos Camorra is as strong and surprising as a non-fiction movie can be. It consists solely of archival recordings and tells a captivating story of one of the oldest and largest criminal organizations in Italy – the Camorra – by following its evolution from the 1960 years to the 1990 years. The footage captures the audience in real life and drama, through decades of fighting between criminal environments in Naples and the rest of the Campania region – and portrays the bare reality that gave birth to today's criminal organizations. Patierno spent months doing research in Rai Teche, the archives of the Italian state broadcaster. He brought along a number of recordings – many of which have never been shown before – and edited them together into a mosaic describing the region's rotten heart.

The film gives us facts, but even more important is that it recreates the period with an understanding of emotions, which means that it does not have a dull moment. Camorra is thought provoking and tragic, exciting and at the same time poetic, accompanied by beautiful Neapolitan music.

The unseen

The documentary shows how social, economic and political factors have contributed to leading the region. . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Nita is a freelance journalist and critic for Ny Tid.

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