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Director: Ludovica Tortora de Falco | Producer: Eric Prunier
Focus Years: 2014 | Country: France
Subject Tags: crime, europe, france, governance, human rights, italy, politics, violence
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
A real institution in the South of Italy, the Pizzo is the expected protection money extorted by the Mafia from all storekeepers whose activities are located inside the Mafia-controlled boundaries. For most people, the Pizzo looked as an unchangeable root of the Italian society: something against whom nothing nor nobody could fight. Though, at the beginning of the 90s, a little group of storekeepers from a Northern Sicily village founded an association keen on fighting against this injustice, this extortion, publicly: all together, united. A revolt against this "Pizzo culture" was beginning. Nowadays, around 70 anti-racket associations are active through Italy…

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