Culture: Greg’s story in the cinema ‘La Compagnia’

The medium-length film, which tells the unique relationship between the students at Navacchio (Pi) Middle School and the American prisoner on the death row in Texas, discussed with the students. Regional Council President Antonio Mazzeo: “We shout loudly at the boys that a trial can not be decided with the death penalty”

Florence – The great theme of the death penalty, seen through the extraordinary relationship between a group of Tuscan students and the convicted man, Gregory Summers, thousands of miles away on the death row in a Texan prison, are the protagonists of the medium-length film Greg by Giuseppe Ferlito, shown this morning, Monday, May 2, at the cinema ‘La Compagnia’ in Florence.

The President of the Regional Council, Antonio Mazzeo, stressed the value of the event, which was organized as part of the Tuscany Festival>: “Our region was the first in the world to abolish the death penalty in 1786, thanks to Grand Duke Leopoldo’s intuition. Tuscany has always been on the right side of history, as in the case of Gregory Summers, who is now buried in Cascina, and who, after a long trial in which he has always pleaded not guilty, was sentenced to death.It is no longer possible that there are still about fifty states in the world that can settle a legal dispute with the death penalty, and we have the task to shout out loud that we must be on the right side of history, that of rights and that it can not be resolved. a case through the courts by using the crime of murder “. “We – concluded the President of the Legislative Assembly – have the task of passing on the baton, shouting all this out loud and doing it together with schools, girls and younger boys”.

“In this dramatic period, where death and the execution of life seem stronger and closer than ever, it is more relevant than ever to have shown this medium-term film. Young people, more than any other generation, are the hope of the future and the watchdogs to protect their rights, “said Stefano Scaramelli, Vice President of the Regional Council.

The director, Giuseppe Ferlito, talks about his work: “In this historical period, Greg contains very strong messages, messages of hope, entrusted to these young guys who do everything to save a human life, and I think it’s a great We did not go into the procedural mechanism, we were not interested in knowing whether Greg was guilty or innocent, as far as I am concerned, ‘no one should touch Cain’. The key phrase in this film is pronounced by the teacher when she says that ‘the state must be better than the individual’, and I firmly believe in that. the state can not go down to such low levels and seek revenge, because hatred produces hatred, and that is the culture of death ”.

Riccardo Noury, spokesman for Amnesty International Italy, attended the event: “This is the last major story of the death penalty in the United States that has aroused emotion in Italy, so if it has been spoken less and less, it is a great shame. The film tells the story of a human relationship that exists between a group of people who live far from the death row and who despite this are passionate about the human and legal history of a person who was sentenced to death in Texas in 2006 without the definitive evidence. The death penalty is back on this occasion, and there are many reasons to talk about it, and Amnesty is always very happy when there are occasions when schools, above all, intervene for rights and for such a complex issue as the death penalty. “

To tell the story of the creation of the project, Maria Cristina Centrella, teacher at IC ‘Paolo Borsellino’ in Navacchio: “The project was started many years ago by the author Maria Carmela Carretta, who originally had an exchange of letters with Greg Summers, accused of kill his parents and his uncle, a correspondence continued by some students from Navacchio middle school until it became an event for Cascina municipality, because it certainly left its mark on these children also for greater awareness of their growth, and a first approach to how justice could be different from the Italian. And then Greg eventually asked to be buried in the Cascina area, and every year on November 30 he is remembered by the Regional Council during the celebration of the Tuscan festival.I found myself by chance in this story, first as a parent and then as a vice-principal, and I am happy and proud to have participated in this medium-term film. “

At the end of the screening, the debate, moderated by Stefano Baragli, who was also attended by Sara Funaro, Councilor for Welfare and Education in the Municipality of Florence.

The medium-sized film, produced by the Cultural Association Immagina, traces the final stages of the life of Gregory Summers, a U.S. citizen sentenced to death, based on clues accused of ordering the murder of his adoptive parents. In the years spent on the death row, Greg made close correspondence with the students of a middle school in Navacchio, and in 2006, the year he was executed, he decided to be buried in the municipal cemetery of Cascina in Tuscany. first abolished the death penalty on November 30, 1786.


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