An adaptation of a novel by Norman Nawrocki, titled “Cazzarola! Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy”, Cazzarola! (An Italian expression meaning annoyance) is a gripping forbidden love story set in contemporary Rome under the turbulence of a rising neo-fascist movement clashing with Romani refugees seeking a new life. It explores the themes of freedom, resistance and conformity through the world of underground music and anarchist activism.
A middle class punk rocker, Antonio, meets Cinka, an impoverished Romani refugee violin busker. They fall in love, and must now deal with a new reality – thanks to Italy’s current hysterical and violent anti-Roma / anti-immigrant campaign, Cinka and her family live in constant fear and physical danger. They are downtrodden and forced to live on the outskirts of Rome’s city limits in makeshift refugee camps.
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 Romani refugees.
As Antonio and Cinka are pulled into a fight between the Romani, the anti-fascist anarchist cell, and the violent neo-Nazis who roam the streets, Cinka leads the movement to save their communities from being wiped out.
Antonio’s Great-Grandfather also plays a pivotal role. As an all-seeing, all-knowing ghost, guiding us through the tumultuous history of Italy’s fascist and anti-fascist movements in an engaging and sometimes humourous way. Great-Grandfather is a punk born a hundred years too early, and his great-grandson has his same spirit. With the use of archival footage and historical scenes, he gives context to the issues happening in contemporary Italy.