What if you discover that your boss is corrupt? You report him, of course. This is probably what most people would say. You are presented with a moral problem and you act, end of story.
But laudable ideals and reality are two different things, and such a situation can turn nasty in no time. Where there seems to be no moral dilemma at all, because all righteous people would think the same, most cases represent a serious personal dilemma as reporting on corruption at the workplace certainly carries a heavy price. This is what Italian filmmaker Marco Ferrari wants to tell us in his new documentary. He has rich material to draw upon in his home country, where corruption is almost a daily occurrence. We get to know that, in Italy, the damage of corruption amounts to a staggering 100 billion euro per year. In the last three years, 723 persons have reported acts of corruption and misuse of power and Ferrari has chosen to tell the story of a number of these courageous people.
These are not celebrity whistleblowers like Julian Assange and his Wikileaks. Their cases are local and their acts much more modest in scope, which only underscores the importance of the story Marco Ferrari has to tell. And he is a true master of storytelling.
He has chosen seven whistleblowers. But early on he arrived at the conclusion that their stories are so similar, he made them into one collective story. We do not need the fine details of each and every case, because they more or less follow the same line, which makes the whole phenomenon all the more troubling and Ferrari’s story stronger.
The surroundings are neat and modern offices, populated with true professionals. But the corruption thrives under the sleek surface. One municipal employee – he is a garbage …
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