'Ndrangheta: A Mafia of Business and Blood ('Ndrangheta, une mafia d'affaires et de sang)

'Ndrangheta: A Mafia of Business and Blood ('Ndrangheta, une mafia d'affaires et de sang)

Corradino Durruti
France
2008
90 minutes

On July 13, 2000, the little town of Rizziconi, in the hinterland of the prosperous harbour of Gioia Tauro in Calabria, makes the headlines: the President of the Republic has issued an executive order dissolving the town council following allegations of mafia infiltration and manipulated building permits. Meanwhile, members of the Crea family — rumored to belong to the Calabrian mafia nicknamed ‘Ndrangheta — are accused in anonymous letters of terrorizing and shaking down the population.

‘Ndrangheta: A Mafia of Business and Blood documents a seven-year-long police investigation into the Crea family. Government-appointed prosecutor Roberto Pennisi and superintendent Nico Morrone initiate a wide-scale investigation, conducting house searches, bank account and land title registry checks, phone taps, and interrogations. The chief of police is replaced, but Morrone keeps patiently collecting evidence and testimonies, a hidden camera discreetly by his side.

A unique and thrilling investigation with multiple twists and turns, Corradino Durruti’s film serves as a chilling study of the morals and mores of both the Italian police and of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful criminal network with tentacles reaching deep into the corporate and political worlds. -TG