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I don't look the other way

A Resilient Story
documentary-investigation by Rosy Battaglia

directed and filmed by Rosy Battaglia
editing and graphics: Marco Balestra
music: thanks to PCB Daniele Gozzetti for the track "PCB"; Dellino and Cinelli for the track "Basta Veleni"; Appel for the acoustic track "Cabeça di Nego".
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What would you do if you found out that your child's school garden was contaminated with carcinogens? If the field where you raised your animals was soaked in poisons? What if your land is littered with toxic and hazardous waste dumps? There are those who have not stood by and watched, as in Brescia, one of the richest cities in Italy, where the wealth brought by large industries has had and continues to have a very high price: pollution. Rosy Battaglia's documentary-investigation tells the story, from 2013 to 2019, of those who have not turned a blind eye in the name of a better future for the new generations.

Brescia has become the capital of the "Land of Fires of the North". Home to the Caffaro Site of National Interest, placed under judicial seizure in February 2021, still a polluting source of PCBs, dioxins and heavy metals, which former Italian Environment Minister Sergio Costa called "a wound at the heart of the country". The city was also at the centre of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. A few months later, it is important to reflect, against the backdrop of the events in Brescia, the reconstruction and testimonies of those who, at a national level, including associations, administrators and doctors, have mobilised to urge central and regional institutions to carry out clean-up processes throughout Italy.

"Io non faccio finta di niente" is a story focused on the resilience and active participation of citizens who care about the protection of health and the environment in Italy. It is the second of the "Resilient Stories", after "La rivincita di Casale Monferrato", produced from below by "Cittadini Reattivi" from all over Italy, through crowdfunding, which reconstructs the civic and civil struggles that have crossed the boot in the last decade.


Produced thanks to 174 bottom-up producers, citizens and associations from all over Italy, including the Basta Veleni network from Brescia, with crowdfunding promoted by Banca Popolare Etica on Produzioni dal Basso, with the extraordinary contribution of the Associazione Familiari e Vittime dell'amianto (AFEVA ONLUS) of Casale Monferrato, and with the patronage and extraordinary contribution of the city of Casale Monferrato.

  • Rosy Battaglia
    Cittadini Reattivi APS
  • Cittadini Reattivi APS
  • Rosy Battaglia
  • Marco Balestra
    Editing and footage
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Io non faccio finta di niente
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  • Runtime:
    51 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 22, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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  • Cinemambiente
    October 5, 2021
    Italian Premiere
  • Clorofilla Film Festival
    c/o festambiente loc. Enaoli Rispescia, Grosseto 58100
    August 5, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Luleå International Film Festival
    January 9, 2022
    Official Selection e Finalist January 2022
  • Toronto International Women Film Festival
    February 15, 2022
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Cittadini Reattivi APS
    Country: Italy
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Rosy Battaglia

Investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker, creator of Cittadini Reattivi, a civic journalism project on health, environment and legality, and of the Storie Resilienti project on communities fighting for justice on environment and health, from which were born the investigative documentaries "La rivincita di Casale Monferrato" (2018), already special mention at the Turin Underground Cinefest and "Io non faccio finta di niente" (2020), presented, due to the pandemic, in national preview online, on 22 December 2020. Reporter for the Earth for Earth Day Italy in 2015. Twice a finalist at the DIG Awards, Eternot Prize 2018, Pioneer of the future in June 2017, third prize "Gruppo del Zuccherificio 2016" and "Reporter for the Earth" in 2015.

She is president of the homonymous association that fights for transparency and freedom of information in Italy, Cittadini Reattivi in 2020 has received two european grant: European Journalism Center Covid-19 Fund and Digital Whistleblower Fund. Her investigations and reports have been published in Lifegate, Valori, Donna Moderna, Wired Italia, Nòva Il Sole 24 Ore, La Nuova Ecologia. Since 2020 she has participated in the Italian Ecomafia Report, edited by Legambiente's Environment and Legality Observatory.

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