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DIRECTED BY Pietro BALLA AND Monica REPETTO
Orizzonti Venice International Film Festival 2008
Best Film Mediterraneo Film Festival 2008
Salina Docfest 2008
CinemAmbiente-Environmental Film Festival 2008
WITH THE SUPPORT OF PIEMONTE DOC FILM FUND
Broadcaster RAI CINEMA
Production DERIVA FILM
Co-production ESPERIA FILM | BABYDOC FILM
DOCUMENTARY 1 x 73’
Carlo Marrapodi, a young Calabrian boy who goes to live in Turin, finds work at the ThyssenKrupp Special Steelworks Factory. In April 2007, the German management decides to dismantle the Turin plant. In June, Carlo receives a letter saying he has been made redundant and as of today has been placed on the dole. In September, the establishment decides to postpone dismantling the plant until the end of the year and Carlo is recalled to work in autumn. The workers are forced to work grueling shifts and the safety conditions are precarious: during the night between 6 and 7 December 2007, seven men die amid the flames. Carlo worked the afternoon shift. Following this incident Carlo is forced to return to Calabria.
“Together with Pasolini’s The Anger, the best Italian film seen in Venice this year.” (Luca Barnabé, Duellanti)
From ANSA news agency in Italy:
‘No more Thyssens’, Prodi vows
Workplace safety ‘top priority’ says premier after 7th death
Rome, December 31 – Premier Romano Prodi on Monday vowed to prevent industrial accidents like the ThyssenKrupp steelworks blaze in Turin three weeks ago whose seventh and last victim died Sunday night.
”The year has ended in the worst possible way,” Prodi told reporters.
”Our pledge must be that these things mustn’t happen again,” ”Workplace safety must be our top priority”.
Turin city council has called off New Year celebrations in the northern Italian city after the death of Giuseppe Demasi, 26, the last of seven workers severely burned in the December 5-6 fire.
The disaster, in Italy’s traditional industrial heartland, has triggered a flurry of concern over deaths in the workplace. Solidarity strikes and other initiatives have been staged in other regions.
In the first nine months of 2007 there have been 774 deaths in the workplace, 114 fewer than in 2006. According to Eurostat, Italy’s annual average of 2.5 deaths per 100,000 workers is below the EU average of 2.7.
In the wake of the Turin fire there were calls for tougher regulations but Prodi said that companies, especially in the construction sector, were often to blame for failing to apply existing rules.
Parliament passed new laws on workplace security – envisaging three-year jail sentences for the worst failures – in August this year but they have yet to be implemented.
Local prosecutors are investigating the ThyssenKrupp fire, which initially killed four steelworkers and left three in a critical condition, to see what anti-fire equipment was in place and what sort of emergency training workers had.
Construction workers die in New York City, USA: here.