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Fill 2019: A Tale Of Two Cities. On Young People And Crime

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

In the UK, knife crime among the young population has been escalating in the past few years, making headlines in the media. In Italy, adolescents living in neighbourhoods controlled by crime organisations like the Camorra in Naples have to face a dangerous reality in their everyday lives. In the final panel discussion of FILL 2019, two extraordinary voices discuss what lies at the root of youth crime, the impact of different contexts on the lives of young people, and the self-representation of teenagers enabled by technology and new media – in a dialogue between journalism and cinema, London and Naples.

Gary Younge is a London-based journalist, author, and broadcaster. He is editor-at-large for The Guardian and a regular columnist for The Nation. He has reported from the USA, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa, and has written a series of articles on youth and knife crime. His latest book, Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (2016), won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize from Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

Agostino Ferrente is an Italian filmmaker. He has written and directed documentary features such as L’orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (2006) and Le cose belle (2013). His latest film, Selfie, documents the self-portrayal of two Neapolitan adolescents through their cellphones, as they go through their lives in a neighbourhood where crime is rife. The film was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2019.

Chair: Leonardo Clausi is a London-based journalist and translator.

This event is in English and partly in Italian with English translation provided.