Director: Ludovica Tortora de Falco | Producer: Eric Prunier
Focus Years: 2014 | Country: France
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 Italyâ€¦