Passionate testimony is still blowing out of the memory of the resistance. This film, made with the union movement, gathers together several witnesses to deepen the history of the workers' participation to the liberation of Italy from Nazi-fascist domination. It is a struggle that already came to the surface in 1943, when fascism was still in power, when at 10am of March 5 the FIAT workers of Turin went on strike. The demands had to do with wages, but also with an increase in the bread ration and then with peace and freedom. Starting off from those stories, memories evoke other struggles. One year later the general strike spread over all of northern and central Italy controlled by the Nazis and their fascists allies of the Republic of Salò. The voices of the witnesses tell the story with inflections that are Piedmontese, Ligurian, Lombard, Venetian, Emilian, and Tuscan. They cite the historical places of the workers' struggle: Mirafiori, Lingotto, RV and Carello in Turin; Breda and Caproni in Sesto S. Giovanni; San Giorgio shipyards in Genoa; and Manifattura tabacchi in Florence. The extremely harsh repression of the Nazifascists comes out of the testimony: the arrests, deportations to German concentration camps, and the shootings. The hard struggle continued with the workers, peasants, and partisans together in the mountains until April, 1945, until the liberation in the hope of a different kind of country. The witnesses all appearing for the first time alternate with significant stock film material, objects and photographs.
Mimmo Calopresti (Polistena, Reggio Calabria; 1955) is a director and screenwriter. His films have been presented at numerous national and international festivals, including those in Salsomaggiore, Montbéliard, Munich, Stuttgart, Turin, Barcelona, Madrid, Florence, Ferrara, and Cannes. He wrote a screenplay that won the 1994 Solinas award, which he used in the making of his first feature film, La seconda volta.
A proposito di
sbavature (video, 1985),
1987), Fratelli minori (cm, 1987), Paolo
ha un lavoro (doc., 1991),
Paco e Francesca (doc., 1992), Remzjia (doc.,
1992), 1943 La
scelta (doc., 1994), 43-45 Pace e
libertà (doc., 1994), Alla Fiat
era così (doc., 1990), La seconda volta
(1994), La parola amore
esiste (1998), Tutto era
Collaborazione: Giovanna Boursier, Paolo Di Nicola.
Consulenza musicale: Riccardo Giagni.
Editor: Ruggero Patrizi.
Production company: Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico, via Sparvieri 14, 00152 Roma, Italy, tel. +39065896698, fax +3906-58331365.