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Friday, September 16, 2005
  VIVA Zapatero!

'Viva Zapatero' and Italian Censorship
A film about free speech and the state of the Italian media

:: The Italian documentary film, "Viva Zapatero! For that Pinch of Liberty that We Still Have," written and directed by
Sabina Guzzanti (one of the most censored satirical authors in Italy), was presented at the Venice Film Festival last week.


Guzzanti highlights the problem of censorship in Italy, freedom of expression and the hard life of Italy's satirical authors. The movie, a hard-edged political chronicle, was out of the competition but still received the longest applause of the entire festival.

Guzzanti begins with the story of her satirical TV show, Raiot, a pun on RAI 'public tv' - created by comics and investigative journalists together - and paints a portrait of the state of Italy's mass media.

Raiot had to be broadcasted on a public TV channel two years ago, but after the first episode it was suspended without a formal or declared reason. Most likely it was because the program made fun of Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. ::
 
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