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In this episode we want again to take an overview on the themes of Firenze's European Social Forum. Three were the main subjects: after "Peace and war", we speak now of "Rights" and "Neoliberism". Particularly important is the information theme, also because of the polemics which have broken out before and during the meeting. Religions' commitment to build up a new world, founded on peace and solidarity, has been taken into consideration and widely debated. The two episodes of Intrecci have been assembled in a single 35' documentary: Firenze, Europe, World..., which tries to represent, for those who were present at the Forum and those who were not, images and sounds, faces and words of four unforgettable days, from the opening in Piazza Santa Croce to the endless parade of Saturday, November 9th. From Dario Fo to Ahmed Ben Bella, Giulietto Chiesa, Riccardo Petrella, Samir Amin, Isidoro Mortellaro, Luisa Morgantini and the President of Regione Toscana: students, trade-union representatives, immigrants, politicians and participants from Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas... all of them looking for another world, not only a possible but a necessary one.
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In front of a war which has been propagandized as necessary and unavoidable, Intrecci proposes two interviews with people who have a direct experience of the war in Middle East. The first - allowed from "Un ponte per" - is that made to Scott Ritter - ex-marine and veteran of the Gulf War, who was a disarmament inspector in Iraq from 1992 to 1998 - about the aspects and catastrophic consequences of the imminent conflict. Palestine, split by a bloody civil war, is at the centre of Sara's life and story: a milanese girl married to a young Palestinian, who is now unable to get out of the occupied territories. Two very different witnesses, but both of them are against war solutions, which have never solved the problems but usually made them dramatically worse.
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Among the incessant war-cries of these last few months, we want to propose again, through short flashes and shots of the peace demonstrations of Roma and Milano, nine witnesses of wars which have occurred these last few years and have been forgotten by all. Salvador 1992, Guatemala 1993, Palestine 1994, Angola 1995, Somalia 1996, Algeria 1997, Armenia 1998, Albania 1999, Kosovo 2000… these are only some of the many conflicts neglected by the "official" information. Voices and faces of wars' nameless victims who remind us of the reality of a world lacerated among people's indifference and silence, and strengthen our commitment to work for a peace with no conditions.
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Another TV is possible? This is a question we have been putting to ourselves for more than three years now and which after the European Social Forum of Firenze was rapidly extended to all those who support new forms of TV communication, more real and independent. The Brazilian "TV de rua" of Belem is an example of it. But also in Italy the street Televisions' movement - Telestreet - has widely spread in the last few months, proposing a new model of TV information. Thanks to these projects, accelerated by the outbreak of Iraqi war, new satellite televisions have been created, such as Global TV, NoWarTV, the Peace TV of Milano. A lot has still to be done, but we think that these new forms of TV - and Intrecci is part of them - will deeply change the panorama of communication in Italy.
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May 1st in Lima: in the parade, also the working children, who have created their own labour-trade. In the world there are more than 250 million working children (300,000 in Italy): in agriculture, in housework, in building industry, as underpaid labourers with no rights in the multinationals' subcontracts. Hundreds of thousands prostitute themselves or are forced to join the army in the developing countries. Representatives of their movements in Asia, Africa and Latin America have recently met in Milano: for most of these children work is not only a basic support for home economics, but also the only way they have to earn some money, and to get the possibility to improve their education for a better future.
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Water lack is one of the hugest problems that mankind will have to face in the next decades. At Kyoto summit last March the Governements' representatives have not been able to find effective strategies to alleviate the big thirst that is going to threaten us in the future. At the recent alternative World Forum on Water in Firenze, more than 500 delegates from fifty countries have debated about this element of vital importance for human and environmental balance, a heritage which belongs to everybody and which everybody has the right to possess. A good that today someone intends to monetize and privatize, both in the North and in the South of the world, and this with particular reference to the close bond that links water use to war and peace.
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