- La obra parte de imágenes reales de las movilizaciones durante la cumbre del G-8 en Génova en 2001 y, particularmente, de algunos testimonios representativos de personas que sobrevivieron al asalto de la Díaz, una escuela cedida por el municipio de Génova al Foro Social organizador para que albergara manifestantes. Muli, Lena, Neils, Mina, Michael, Daniel y Chabi, lanzan entre recuerdos un mensaje de denuncia sobre la instrumentalización de la violencia y el uso de la tortura moderna.
Toni Polo, en "Una humillación con todas las de la ley", en El Diario.es, el 28 de marzo de 2013, escribió:[...] Lena Zuhlke y Niels Martensen (de Hamburgo), Chabi Nogueras (de Zaragoza), Mina Zapatero (española residente en París), Daniel McQuillan (de Londres), Michael Geizer (de Niza) y Ulrich Reichel, Muli, (de Berlín) acudieron a Génova en julio de 2001 para protestar contra la pomposa cumbre de los países más ricos del mundo. La noche del sábado, 21 de julio, se encontraban descansando en la escuela Díaz cuando entró la policía. Y empezó la tragedia. “Entonces entraron. Vi al primer policía que entró, resoplando odio”, recuerda el zaragozano Chabi. “Oía las botas y sabía que nos iba a atacar...”.
Aquí se escribió:The Interviewees
ULRICH REICHEL (MULI): After the traumatic events of 2001, Ulrich began his training as an alternative therapist. Father of a daughter just a year old, he lives in an occupied house in Berlin with his Italian girlfriend, and wishes to enrol in university to do a degree in psychology.
NIELS MARTENSEN: A vegan, since before 2001 he has been active in defending the environment and trees in particular. Today, Niels is a professional arboriculturist and has founded and directs, along with Lena, the Arborartist Cooperative, which has 15 employees. He lives in Hamburg in a Wagenplatz.
MINA ZAPATERO: Upon completing her Arabic studies, she moved to Beirut in 2002. She now lives in Paris, where she is active in the world of independent media with the “Regarde à vue” collective.
MICHAEL GIESER: A businessman, he is continuing his activity as multilingual facilitator in creative learning methods. He lives in southern France with his two children, who are 3 and 5 years old.
LENA ZUHLKE: A student of Indology at the University of Hamburg in 2001, Lena is writing a doctoral thesis and working alongside Neils as an arboriculturist. She lives in a commune of 30 people, and is committed to the ecology movement, and especially to the struggle against nuclear power.
DANIEL MCQUILLAN: In 2001, after founding Multikulti, the multilingual website for asylum applicants and refugees, he met and married Njomeza, a refugee from Kosovo. The father of two children 3 and 7 years old, he is now a university instructor. He organizes international “hack days” to create innovations using digital technologies.
CHABI NOGUERAS: Lives in Zaragoza and, a conscientious objector, he has been in the Antimilitary Alternative since before the G8. He now works at Pantera Rossa, an independent social centre. In a few months, his daughter will be born, and he dreams of returning to Genoa with her.
In Genoa in 2001, politics delegated to law enforcement the task of stopping a social movement that was exploding around the world. Black Block came about with the purpose of showing how repression by law enforcement controlled the lives, desires, and passions of those who have experienced the movement’s history during the past ten years, from the movement’s birth in Seattle, to the large numbers present in Genoa.
I wanted to cover the movement’s life through seven interviews with plaintiffs in the Diaz and Bolzaneto trial, who experienced the most violent episode ever committed by the Italian police – the raid at the Diaz School – and to depict the participation of the many demonstrators who came to Genoa during the G8 Summit, and who in various ways still bear open wounds to this day.
The shock was as sudden as it was devastating, leaving its mark deep in their soul. To recover the meaning of their lives, some of the protestors who had been in Diaz had to start all over again. Their trauma required them to find answers, and the trials presented an opportunity for rebirth.
All the interviewees except Muli returned to Genoa to film their story. interview room is the “abstract” place that best represents the mood of each protestor – a set-design element to recall the seven different stories.
Exterior shooting gave them another Genoa, because something has stayed in this city. Their return, the trials, and their friends have allowed them to re-conquer the streets, and their faith in themselves – another reason to go on with the struggle.
The only exception is Muli, the documentary’s protagonist, who was filmed in Berlin, where he lives. I chose Muli as he bears the most affinity with my own viewpoint. In Muli, I searched for what his political motivations were, and how he experienced being in Genoa first with a huge swell of demonstrators and protestors, through the long hours of physical and mental repression, and how he overcame the trauma through his return for the trials.
- Guión: Carlo A. Bachschmidt.
Música: Francesco Cerasi.
Fotografía: Stefano Barabino, Harald Erschbaumer.
- Lena Zuhlke.
- Chabi Nogueras.
- Michael Gieser.
- Niels Martensen.
- Daniel McQuillan.
- Ulrich Reichel (Muli).
- Mina Zapatero...
Idioma original: Italiano, inglés, alemán, castellano...
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