Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.

A film revealing the many faces of decades of organised crime in Southern Italy.

Camorra

Francesco Patierno

Todos Contentos y Yo Tambien Napoli

Francesco Patierno’s Camorra is as powerful and astonishing as a non-fiction film can get. The film tells a compelling story about one of the oldest and largest crime organisations in Italy, the Camorra, following its developments from the 1960s to the 1990s. Relying entirely on archive footage, the audience is faced with the real life and the drama of decades of crime struggles in Campania, Napoli, portraying the raw reality that gave birth to the criminal organisation of today. Camorra is thoughtful and tragic – thrilling but at the same time poetic – accompanied by beautiful Neapolitan music.

Patierno did months of research at the Rai Teche, the archives of the Italian state broadcaster. He selected and edited the footage – much of it never seen before – into a mosaic that depicts the region’s rotten heart.

The film provides us with facts, but, most importantly, it recreates the period with a sense of emotion in which there is never a dull moment.

«Napoli is not a rebel city.»

The documentary builds an argument of how social, economic and political factors have contributed in creating a region astray. «Napoli is not a rebel city,» a woman tells us in a voiceover in the first sequence of the film.

Camorra Director: Francesco Patierno

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