In the name of the Italian people
Family fathers, female workers, young boys and girls born in Italy.
Many of them arrive every day in the Identification and Expulsion centres (CIE) of Rome.
They did not commit any crime, nevertheless they risk to spend 18 months behind bars waiting to be expelled. Their detention is validated by a Justice of the Peace, in the name of the Italian People. An expired visa is enough, according to the law. This is also enough to reassure public opinion and delete the problem. However, we decided to go and take a look. A short doc came out of it, a journey made of images and stories from the CIE of Roma, since we believe that showing those places and listen to those voices means breaking a definition as well as confirming that no human being is illegal. Not even when the law say so.
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Italy, 2012 – ‘7
DoP: Enrico Parenti
Editing: Chiara Russo
Produced with the support of: Open Society foundations.