Italian Directors Plan Film on Genoa G8 Protest

Charles Brown CharlesB at CNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Thu Sep 6 11:34:41 MDT 2001


Italian Directors Plan Film on Genoa G8 Protest

Sunday September 2, 2001

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - A group of 25 Italian
directors said on Sunday they planned to release in
October a controversial film about violent clashes that
scarred a summit in Genoa six weeks ago, leaving one
protester dead.

The film, still being edited and as yet unnamed, will
show the build-up to the meeting, as heads of state
from the Group of Eight leading industrial nations
gathered in the city, and more than a quarter of a
million people prepared to take to the streets to
protest against them.

``This film will not just be about the violence, but
about the whole nature of the anti-globalization
movement in the build-up to the Genoa summit, and the
experience of these people during the week they were in
the city,'' Francesca Comincini, one of the directors,
told a news conference at the Venice Film Festival.

Three days of violent clashes between police and
demonstrators saw one protester, 23-year-old Carlo
Giuliani, shot dead by a policeman. More than 300
people were arrested, while the city was left looking
like a war zone of smashed-up buildings and burned-out
cars.

The directors, who worked closely with Vittorio
Agnoletto, the head of the Genoa Social Forum protest
organization, while shooting more than 260 hours of
footage, said their film would reveal the deep-seated
passion that the demonstrators brought to their cause.
It would also show the tough police response.

``They have filmed and will reveal the truth,'' said
Agnoletto, a lawyer turned protester who is now the
spokesman for an organization representing around 700
other protest groups.

The film, which will be released in two versions, a 60-
minute documentary for television and a 120-minute
feature for cinema, is likely to attract heated
controversy.

Senior police officials have already come under fire,
and some have lost their jobs, for the way in which the
security operation was carried out. The head of the
police has admitted to parliament that some officers
used excessive force.

Several of the directors, speaking to a packed audience
which included dozens of veterans of Genoa, said they
had been shocked by the brutality of the events at
Genoa and had footage which showed Italy's military
police making unprovoked attacks on peaceful
protesters.

Police have already seized footage shot by news
agencies of the violence, including photographs of the
moments leading up to the shooting of Giuliani. The
police officer who shot Giuliani, who said he feared
for his own life as the protester prepared to throw a
fire extinguisher at him, could face murder charges.

Comincini, one of Italy's leading young female
filmmakers, said making the piece had left her with no
doubt where she stood in the debate between anti-
globalization protesters and the power of G8 nations.

``It's up to us to decide what side we are on, and I
want to say that I am clearly on the side of that man
(Giuliani),'' she said.







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