The Change. Women against Ilva

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The Change. Women against Ilva (La svolta. Donne contro l’Ilva)

The Change. Women against Ilva (La svolta. Donne contro l’Ilva)

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La svolta. Donne contro l’Ilva

directed by:



Stefano Giaccone






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Mini DV - colour

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In Taranto, south Italy, militant women want to end illegality, arrogance, and impunity that humiliate their dignity, kill their husbands and children, weaken their health. Women who rebel against what in Taranto has always been considered as a salvation, now the worst of evils. Ilva.
Ilva is the largest steelworks in Europe. It makes high profits every year, but it also has the Italian primacy in deaths at work and in environment pollution.
“The Change. Women against Ilva” tells the battle of Francesca and Patrizia, wives of workers died Ilva; Vita, mother of a young worker killed by a crane in the establishment; Margherita, former employee mobbed and fired; Anna, a woman in wheelchair, and Caterina, mother of an autistic child: different diseases, both probable consequences of pollution. Their need for redemption, for themselves and others: in the courts, in street demonstrations, in associations, in the union.
In the middle always the steelworks. The work told by employees and former employees, and revealed by Antonino, worker died at the factory. His story, narrated in the text “La Svolta” (“The Change”) written by his wife Francesca, in the video is played by an actor. Decades of environmental and socioeconomic upheavals of a city, Taranto, that perhaps today has found the courage to react against the factory that is a friend when it gives occupation but that is the enemy because he despises men and degrades the environment.