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Casa Nostra (Our Home)| 58mins
Director: Livia Parisi | Producer: Livia Parisi and Lucilla Castellano
Focus Years: 2014 | Country: Italy
Subject Tags: community, europe, housing, human rights, italy, migration, relationships
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
In a multi-ethnic building on Acacie Street, in Rome, there live more than 48 families with 60 children. Upon seeing the care with which it was furnished, no one would say that it was an abandoned school. The “homeless” who have decided to occupy it are not bums, but temporary workers, students, immigrants, and even retirees, who cannot make ends meet. But there are not enough classrooms to accommodate them. For this reason, the ‘Popular Committee of Struggle for the Home’ start a mobilization to get new vacancy rates to make them habitable for the homeless. After a night in the street with tents and the symbolic occupation of a basilica comes the conquest of the school Hertz, in Tuscolana Street 1113. Once cleaned, the classrooms are starting to take the form of apartments. Meanwhile, the belly of Silvia, one of the occupants, continues to grow: she’s expecting a baby. Occupy, however, is not a walk. So the rice is passed easily to the discussion. And as for the institutions that remain “illegal”, the project of self-construction is presented at the European Parliament, “as an example of the re-use of abandoned spaces and a concrete way to overcome the housing problem.” When the film is finished… something arrives to put everything into question. One morning, the occupants wake up with the police inside the house. A criminal investigation is ongoing; there are 40 suspects and 15 requests for precautionary measures. The school Hertz and that of the Acacie are cleared away. Heavy charges: conspiracy, extortion, threats. The investigation is still ongoing.
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