A tale of two cities. On young people and crime

Sunday 03 November 2019, 18:30
Coronet Theatre, Auditorium

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.

This event will be in English and partly in Italian with English translation provided.

Running time: 80 minutes.


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.

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.


Leonardo Clausi

is the London correspondent of the Italian political daily il Manifesto. He is the author of Uscita di insicurezza - Brexit e l’ideologia inglese (manifesto libri, 2017)