Drama, by Renato Giugliano, Italy, 2019.
The story is set in a small community in Valsamoggia, in the province of Bologna, Italy. The daily routine is disrupted by a strike by the workers of one of the main factories in the area. Parallel to this, five stories unfold, intertwining with each other. The situation is exacerbated by the arrival of a journalist in search of sensational news. Among private and collective events, hidden somewhere between people's indifference and the spread of fake news, a subtle and insidious discontent grows, especially among those who do not have strong ideals to refer to. And so, at the dawn of the festival in Valsamoggia, there is an increase in small and large crimes, more or less serious: from the beating of a black boy, to the escape of a refugee boy, and the forced repatriation of a young immigrant who was instead considered part of the community. In an escalation of clashes, frustrations, and conflicts, someone - in the middle of the Patronal Festival - climbs to the top of the town's bell tower and shoots at the crowd.
Born on the wave of a project on education for integration, "The War in Cuba" is a film that addresses, in a choral story, the horror that arises from the mixing of intolerance, cynicism, and fake news. The story explores a society that has crumbled and whose citizens, confused and lost, increasingly become victims of false myths, serial haters, and fake news. In a world full of frustrations and in which the media are increasingly subservient to the obsession with clicks and advertising, in an instant the monster is created, which, as it happens, is always the other, the one who is different from us, the minority subject. This is the sick game in which the resentment that is in us fuels resentment in others and vice versa.