Stories of civil resistance in Scampia, suburban district of Naples. Against a backdrop of organized crime, unemployment and social decay, the protagonists tell us about their lives and the daily struggle to make their neighborhood a better place to live.
(R)esistenza follows seven stories of civil resistance in Scampia, the notorious suburban district of Naples as also described in Roberto Savianoʼs novel: “Gomorrah”. Against a backdrop of organized crime, Europe’s biggest drug market, high unemployment and social decay, the protagonists tell us about their lives and the daily struggle to make their neighborhood a better place to live.
Don Aniello Manganiello, a very active priest in the fight against the camorra; recently in the media spotlight after the unjustified and controversial decision of the local church leaders to move him away from Scampia to a Parish in Rome against the will of the entire community.
Ciro Corona, founder of the Association (R)esistenza Anticamorra that has been spreading the culture of legality among the younger generation of Scampia, often victims of the negative influence of the camorra criminal culture.
Angelo Ferrillo, founder of the website: http://www.laterradeifuochi.it/ that reports through videos and photographs the environmental disaster caused by the illegal burning of toxic industrial waste in the fields of a vast area between Naples and Caserta.
Daniela Ruocco Terracciano, ex drug addict, today a volonteer social worker for a rehabilitation community. She tells us the difficulties of raising a large family who lives in an occupied school in Scampia that has been turned into apartments for 29 families.
Tonino Torre, for over 20 years a camorra boss of Scampia, he changed his life with the help of Don Aniello. Today he gives his contribution talking about his criminal experience, proving how criminal activities are a dead end road. He now earns his living working as a gardener and selling second hand items at flea markets.
ʼA67, a Crossover-Rock band named after the number of the social housing law in Italy upon which Scampia was built in the 80’s. The Band was formed as a response to the uncomfortable social conditions of their neighborhood. They are constantly engaged with their music in battling the camorra culture that besieges Scampia.
Emanuele Cerullo, a young writer and poet, until recently he lived with his family in the infamous “Vele di Scampia” the horrible housing estate that has become the icon of the area’s decay. Emanuele takes us into his own “Vela” to show us a dramatic reality often inaccessible to mediaʼs cameras.
Marco Pirone, a young dad of two kids; he tells us how he got off drugs with Don Anielloʼs help. Today he is a positive model in the community and coaches a children’s football team in Scampia.
A documentary by Francesco Cavaliere
Produced by Wanda Glebbeek & Francesco Cavaliere
Cinematography: Alessandro Nucci, Ivan Forastiere
Editing: Giuseppe Lo Fiego, Marco De Stefanis
Sound recording: Francesco Cavaliere
Original music: Simone Giacomini
Sound mix: Andrea Fabiani
©Glebbeek | Cavaliere HD / Dolby Stereo 73 min.
Francesco Cavaliere moved from Italy to London in his 20’s to study Photography and Film. Following work experiences in London Paris and Rome, in 2008 he moves to Amsterdam to continue his work as filmmaker and photographer. With (R)esistenza he wanted to give a voice to the people that live and resist in Scampia. Those who don’t surrender to the Camorra, don’t give up in silence to the abuse. They are not heroes, just citizens who simply aim to live a normal life in a place where this is often denied.
Wanda Glebbeek is a Dutch social worker, photographer, mother of 3 and independent co-producer of the documentary (R)esistenza. She likes to pursue many different things in life as long as always motivated by the heart.
Federico Savini is Assistant Professor (UD) at the University of Amsterdam. He is joining his background in Sociology and Political Science to the applied research on urban and regional planning. His PhD project focused on the political dynamics of planning projects in the Urban Periphery. He is specialized in matching research on urban politics with planning studies on large scale development projects and land use planning.
As researcher Fenne Pinkster is affiliated to the Center for Urban Studies and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. Broadly speaking, her research focuses on “the geography of everyday life” in cities and explores how the lives of residents are affected by – and also contribute to – macro-processes of polarization, segregation and fragmentation of urban space. In particular, she studies the degree to which neighborhoods form meaningful places for their inhabitants and how this is influenced by and reflects social differences and inequalities between residents.