Cazzarola! (Dammit!) (Feature)


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An adaptation of a novel by Norman Nawrocki, titled “Cazzarola! Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy”, Cazzarola! (AKA Dammit!) is a raucous DIY-drama set in contemporary Italy under the turbulence of a rising far-right movement and the refugee crisis. It explores the themes of freedom, resistance and conformity through the world of punk music, Romani culture and anarchism. Antonio, a lackadaisical punk rocker, gets his world blown apart when he falls in love with Cinka, a Romani refugee violin busker. Theirs becomes a life-changing and forbidden relationship, disparaged amongst Italians and the Roma alike. Both are forced to reevaluate their lives and contend with cultural taboos, xenophobia, and the violent persecution of the Romani. As Antonio and Cinka are pulled into the fight between the violent neo-fascists and the anti-fascist anarchist cell, Cinka leads the movement to save her community from being wiped out amidst growing danger to her own life.