Through Lena and Niels (Hamburg), Chabi (Zaragoza), Mina (Paris), Dan (London), Michael (Nice) and Muli (Berlin), the film intends to bear witness to what happened to those who experienced first-hand the atrocities of the police blitz at the Diaz School and the tortures inflicted at the Bolzaneto Barracks in Genoa in 2001. In the protagonists’ shared narration, Muli’s story stands out.
Muli recounts the reasons why he decided to become engaged in politics, leading up to his participation in Genoa in 2001, the violence he suffered, and his decision to return to Genoa to give evidence in the trials. He went back facing the trauma he suffered, to turn it into an opportunity to find some moral redemption. Through his experience, he embarks on a new political path, he regains the desire for debating and being a member of a group, and, above all, he rediscovers a different Genoa.
“Inside that school they didn’t succeed“. His life has changed, but his ideals have remained the same as then. –Venice Film Festival
another films about the days of Genoa, the most important days for the generation that grew up in the years between old and new century. my generation. good one or bad one, I don't care. what is completely misleading is the title of the doc. if you want to know something more about the Black Block, you can't find nothing here. almost nothing. a wasted opportunity
I think the story of the victims of the Genoa protests needs to be told and listened to, but I have some problems with the etiquette and ethics of this documentary. The film only shows one side of an argument...albeit a very strong argument. I think the film has a very strong anti-fascist agenda which I find to be a form of propaganda. I was disgusted and saddened by what happened!!
Ah, have we seen the same film or you are a corrupt policeman? This doc has clearly not the claim to say where the truth lies and does not drive requests as in investigation docs; rather, it simply means to take care of its protagonists through their personal memory. However, try to ask policemen what they think about Diaz, they won't tell you their point of view but usual rubbish (I refer to few italian tv interviews). It could be interesting to ask one of them to say its story for a doc, unfortunately noone has still accepted.
We did indeed see the same film. I completely agree that the events were a huge violation of human rights, without a doubt. But police men and politician are humans too (albeit ones who have made a bad career choice). I would have to heard their 'justification' for the events, which I imagine is very poor and would have made the case of the case of those who suffered during these events stronger. I guess I would have liked more debate in the film.
Sure, I would, too. Yesterday during an open screening here in Turin we asked the director (who followed those people during legal process), if he had the chance to approach some cop: their points of views, after years from that happening, is the same as heard in few tv interviews and probably noone was available to say something personal -its own pov- beyond the usual rubbish heard from their Heads. I'm not trying to justify a work that could be enriched but, at the moment, it seems it's not possible to pull out a word from them, beyond the wall of a law court.
Silver Lion for Cai Shangjun (People Mountain People Sea). Acting awards for Michael Fassbender and Deanie Ip.