sabato 26 giugno 2010

Draquila: Italy trembles

I just finished watching Draquila, Italy trambles, and I want the world see it. I'm disgusted by my country, more every day.

I want share a review, taken from

"Draquila: Italy trembles, the latest documentary by the Italian satirist Sabina Guzzanti, has caused controversy ever since its selection at the Cannes film festival was confirmed. A few weeks ago, Sandro Bondi, Silvio Berlusconi's culture minister, said he wouldn't come to Cannes as a protest. An outspoken critic of Berlusconi's regime, Guzzanti was the author, in 2005, of an incendiary documentary called Viva Zapatero!, which ventured to show Berlusconi's control of state media and its daily censorship.

A la Michael Moore, Guzzanti opens Draquila – a pun on Dracula and L'Aquila – with a cartoonesque introduction: "Era appena iniziata la primavera nella bella peninsola e per Silvio Berlusconi era una giornata di merda, come tante altre" – "Spring had just begun in the beautiful peninsula, and for Silvio Berlusconi it was just another shitty day". Another shitty day made of various sex scandals and judges' attempts at cornering him for alleged abuses of power.

However, on 6 April 2009, Italy woke up with the news of a severe earthquake in the Abruzzo region, which killed more than 300 people and affected the lives of 70,000 inhabitants of L'Aquila, one of Italy's historic and artistic centres. An opportunity Berlusconi wasn't going to pass, says Guzzanti. Like Zorro, Berlusconi hurried to L'Aquila. He is seen hugging children and kissing grandmothers, and promising on a news programme "a new home before the autumn, completely furnished with a cake on the table and a bottle of champagne in the fridge".

L'Aquila's inhabitants were swiftly placed in hotels or in tent cities guarded by the army, and waited for Berlusconi's masons to build a new city. Guzzanti interviews some inhabitants who weren't allowed to go back to their homes – even those whose homes had been left unscarred by the earthquake. In the film, we see the mayor of L'Aquila walk alone, at night, in his ghost city, passing a church whose Renaissance masterpieces, cracked and stained, have been left waiting and decaying.

Even more importantly, the film shows how the civil protection agency has been given full powers to oversee the reconstruction. Guzzanti shows how the agency is run by Guido Bertolaso (who has himself faced an investigation for alleged corruption) and alleges that he gave out building contracts to private companies of his choice. Thanks to a series of decrees, Berlusconi is said to have empowered the agency to make decisions in cases of national emergency and any "big events", which temporarily override existing laws – not only does the agency intervene when there's been an earthquake, but also whenever the pope visits a city or when national sport games are organised.

"Where is the opposition? Where are the journalists?" we ask ourselves. According to Guzzanti, nowhere to be seen – or rather unable to make themselves heard or to report the facts. At the end of the film, an old Italian man is seen telling the camera: "After the earthquake, had I been 25, I would probably have left. Then, I thought that the dictatorship we're living under is not a dictatorship of terror or of torture. It is just a shitty dictatorship." For Guzzanti "the movie is a reflection on the authoritarian drift in this country".

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Eartquake = Happyness and money for italian politicians, specially Berlusconi.

We have a dictatorship, please someone shoot Berlusconi

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