Black Block

Synopsis: Genoa 2001: As the G8 Summit drew to a close and the press and politicians departed, 300 riot police stormed the Diaz School looking for members of the infamous Black Block.
Genre: Documentary
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
76 min

The G8 summit is held in Genoa

July 20-22nd, 2001

In a city guarded by police 300,000

people protest against the summit

2 days of clashes, 200 arrests,

1000 wounded and 1 protester killed

The operational base of the Genoa

Social forum, coordinating

the associations promoting the protest

is the Diaz School.

July 22nd:
the police identifies this

school as the base for the Black Bloc,

held responsible for the devastation

during the G8

The intelligence report

allowed us to divide into groups

the potential protesters, based

on ideological characteristics

and to focus our attention on the most

dangerous group, the Black Bloc,

made up of around 500 Italians

and 2000 foreigners.

On the basis of what happened

in the early hours of the riots

and in the clashes that followed

caused by the so-called Black Bloc,

some things need to be considered.

The Black Bloc travel

in an anonymous form,

they don't always have a base,

they don't hold regular meetings

but they come from all over the world

to attend important events

with a perfect understanding

of the territory

and assault techniques.


The real squatting of houses

went on until 1990.

All the houses that have contracts now

were squatted before

German reun ifi cat i on .

M ULl-31

When l was young, in '94 - '95,

no one squatted anything anymore.

During my crazy punk-rock period

we'd squat in an apartment

or we'd stay in houses that were

already occupied.

I moved into the house

when I live now in 2002, after Genoa.

At first it was a war about who wanted

to negotiate and who didn't.

Some people said:

We'll squat, we don't want contracts,

it's our right, everyone has the night

to own the house they live in

and no landlord

has the right to exist,

to take money as rent".

Othen said:

"That would be right politically,

but in the world we live in

it's utopian".

I'm glad I live in a house

which, thanks to negotiations,

is now in the hands

of a cooperative

and has therefor been removed

from the speculative market.

I could never be one

that follows the crowd.

May be that's why I be came a punk

when I was 13.

I'm an atypical case,

I had a good childhood

and fantastic parents.

The key moment was when I was

in school,aged 14.

And then was a very competitive

mentality in school :

everyone against everyone.

Everyone had to create their own space

in order to succeed.

But I was unable to do this.

It wasn't the world as I imagined it

and I never found my own space.

l thought:
I don't give a damn"

and so.

I went to one of the camps occupied

by caravans, called "East Side".

Almost a thousand people lived there,

from the most extreme scenes,

mostly the punk rock one.

And I don't know, I immediately

felt at home.

Being together...

was different

to how I'd experienced it.

Different to how it was at school

or how football fans wen.

I don't want to be influenced

by society, but I want to influence it.

How can I say... even

on an emotional level I feel

that my life cannot only be about

this consumerist society.

I don't want to live like that.

Why did I come to Genoa ?

Because when important things

are criticized,

when you experience...

It's true that protests

can always be ignored,

I can run through the streets

shouting that capitalism is sh*t.

The question is:
"Who cares ?

Who will listen to me ?"

It's a problem young people face:

who will listen to them ?

That's why in Prague I was happy

to be able to participate directly,

of the fact that we wen able

to interrupt the summit.

It was the International

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