Roberto Saviano
Gomorrah and Camorra
Much has been written on the Camorra, and Roberto Saviano doesn’t make any especially groundbreaking revelations in his novel, so why its amazing success? Maybe because the young author always comes after the fact and knows how to negotiate subtly between the ebb and flow of the drama. It’s a thoughtful attitude that helps him develop concepts and ideas which offer a sophisticated critique of the ‘system.’ But most of all, by restoring the truth, he answers both a need for understanding that is born of the mass media’s constant urgency and a purely literary imperative: “we no longer need the words of journalists, but literary words, words that enter the injuries of reason. Reason is a wound; to enter it is a duty.”
(Catherine Cornet)
Tommaso Prestieri
Tommaso Prestieri, the art-loving Camorrist
He wears the elegance of the southern countries: a shirt and a black tie, a light suit. When he opens his arms to speak/lecture, he gives off the vital force that characterizes the children of Naples. Tommaso Prestieri belongs to a powerful family of Camorrists in Secondigliano. He is also a slightly unusual character who sets tongues wagging as much for his various criminal activities as for his presence in the art scene: art is his pet vice. While still a fugitive, he was arrested when he attended a concert at the Bellini Theater—right downtown.

(Catherine Cornet)
Globa-Naples A night in la Gatta: Migrant women prostitutes in Naples
I arrive at la Gatta on a Vespa with the towering Carletto. Lilia, the Moldavian mediator, is already waiting for us in front of the little camper that is the physical incarnation of La Gatta (The Cat). After a number of interviews with the staff of the Dedalus collective, I’m going out with them tonight to trail the social cooperative’s cutting-edge project: the little camper with the black cat emblazoned on its side that has been roaming the streets of Neapolitan prostitution for the past seven years.

(Catherine Cornet)
Nunzia Cipolla
In Naples, with its precariousness and its hardships, immigrants can go almost unnoticed
After having passed “A night in la Gatta,” an interview with Nunzia Cipolla, who works on the project, was necessary to understand the socio-cultural stakes behind this complex initiative. What can we understand about Naples and its problems by studying and accompanying migrants? What relationship exists between these difficult, traumatic migrant experiences and ‘Neapolitanism’?
(Catherine Cornet)

Michelangelo Servignini et Alessandro Di Rienzo
In Naples, we practice inadvertent tolerance
Babelmed first met Alessandro di Rienzo, co-director of the film Istimaryya, at the CMCA festival for Mediterranean documentary and reportage, where he was awarded the “Creativity—First Creation” prize. I looked him up again in Naples partly to talk about his film, but mostly because he is a real son of Naples and sees the Middle East and the south of Italy in the same way: with concern, passion, and endlessly looking for connections.

(Catherine Cornet)

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