Sorrento (NA) As part of the review “Let’s meet in the Villa“Promoted by Municipality of Sorrento And Sorrento Foundation with a full program of events from June to September and the artistic direction of Antonino Giammarinoyesterday the documentary “Caine, stories of inmates”, Of the journalist Amalia De Simone (investigative videoreporter of Rai 3; “Mi manda Rai 3”, “The human factor”, collaborates with The Post Internazionale and Reuters), shot entirely in the women’s penitentiaries of Fuorni-Salerno and Pozzuoli. The screening was preceded by a debate on the issues of detention and ransom moderated by the dean of journalists from the Sorrento peninsula Antonino Siniscalchi, with interventions by dr. Antonino Giammarinowho strongly wanted this moment of civil commitment, the Director of the Fuorni prison, Dr. Rita Romanoand two former guests of the Salerno prison Rose And Anna (Ciruzzo) witnesses of a world that too often forgets to guarantee that second chance that a citizen who made a mistake and paid his bills with the state deserves to have in a civilized country, while often in prisons “the prisoners are like rats who know that beyond the hole dug in the wall there is a new trap: never freedom because the mark of Cain remains on you ”, reflection by Gustaw Herling, Polish writer friend of Sorrento, husband of Lidia Croce, survivor of the Gulag at the time, wrote it to underline how inhuman and alienating prison can be; followed by the songwriter’s concert Assia Fiorillo. At the end of the event, I meet the singer-songwriter for a short interview. Assia Fiorillo, for those unfamiliar with her, is a Neapolitan singer with an extraordinary voice, her is a pop songwriter who manages to use a wide variety of sounds without ever getting lost. In “Assia”, her new album, which she presented last night in Sorrento, mixes electro pop and civil commitment, characteristics that led her to win last April, at the Fonderie Teatrali Limone di Moncalieri (Turin), on the occasion of the 42nd edition of the City of Moncalieri literary prize, the “Gianmaria Testa Award “the international jury of the Turin kermesse wanted to reward his grace, his talent, his Mediterranean flow and above all his civic commitment condensed in the beautiful song “I am you” (produced by Max D’Ambra), soundtrack of the documentary Caine by Amalia De Simone.
Tell me about your musical project, did you call it “Assia” because it talks about your story?
Yes, it also speaks of me but without self-reference. I have been writing since I was a teenager and at this point in my career I felt the need to collect a series of songs, which I have written over the last few years, into a single album. But songs that could best represent my idea of music.
In the album you have declined various themes ranging from civil commitment to the simplest divertissement.
Yes, I like to say that this album is as if it follows a common thread that goes from the inside out, in the sense that the attention of the first songs is centered on relationships, on feelings as a couple, on moments of love but also of crisis, then, step by step, we move to the outside world, to social and civil commitment, which is no less important or engaging from an emotional point of view. It is always I who tell of things that in a certain sense I have experienced firsthand.
How would you define your type of music, do you feel more of a jazz or world music interpreter?
I started in a band that played Jimi Hendrix’s blues rock, but I love music in general, I have a master’s degree in Jazz Music but I can say that I grew up listening to many Italian songwriters.
Which jazz musicians do you hear closest to your strings?
Certainly “Chet” Baker and in general his lyrical and intimate style, the one that goes under the label of cool jazz.
And the Italian singers who sing jazz?
I must confess that I love Italian songwriting above all, indeed I can tell you that I consider Fabrizio De Andrè my “musical father”, his songs are the musical literature that I have listened to the most and that I love the most.
And your relationship with Neapolitan music?
Consider that I grew up in a family where my father played bass, my brother the classical guitar. I got to know the whole repertoire of Neapolitan classical music thanks to them even though I never sang it, but it is still an important part of my cultural background.
Do you remind me of the names of your musicians, you were all very good I wanted to mention them in the article?
Yes thanks. A great group. Valerio Spartera on guitar, Ciccio Esposito on drums, Renzo Carpinone on bass, Biagio Capasso on piano and keyboards.
How did you find yourself involved in the “Caine” project?
I met Amalia De Simone on the occasion of a record that I had made with the Mujeres Creando group, of which I am frontwoman, between us there was an immediate understanding. We immediately started exchanging ideas and opinions on everything. Then this project of working on female prisoners came out and her contribution was fundamental even just to encourage me and give me courage when I thought that perhaps it was too big a commitment for me.
What did this experience leave you? How did you feel the first and last time you entered the prison?
I have always tried not to be prejudiced. I have a degree in Psychology, so by training I try not to have any, not to judge others. But when you enter a prison for the first time, at first you have the impression that you are about to meet the bad guys, then you discover that they are very normal people like us and some you don’t realize that it could have ended up in those cells. The last time I was in Fuorni was a short time ago because Amalia and I continue to go but voluntarily even if the idea of making a sequel to “Caine” is in the works. However, he hoped to continue to keep in touch with these girls who deserve to be recovered, reintegrated into civil society.
Did your preparation in Psychology help you in this experience with the inmates?
Yes, of course, not only because basically I chose this type of university path because I felt instinctively inclined to understand and try to understand the people in front of me but also because university training gave me other tools to get in tune with them. women and their sufferings.
One last question, in the documentary there is a woman who shows her scars, some of them are creepy and you instinctively wonder how it is possible that a man can do those things to his partner. You yourself in “I am you” you sing about “wounds and bruises”, for this reason I ask you for a reflection on femicide.
The first reflection is on the patriarchy of which I have a strongly negative opinion and on the male and male culture that derives from it of which women are not only the first victims but, in some cases, also accomplices, when they justify the violence suffered by a ‘ the other with phrases such as “he acted like this because she made him” angry “. Keep in mind that the song you listened to at the end of the concert “Something went wrong“Tells of a broken relationship that leads to gender-based violence. I also made a reverse version, resorting to this special effect allowed me to accentuate the drama of what was happening in the video clip and at the same time displace the viewer. I have devised a plot with him who, for their last meeting, enters the house with a bouquet of flowers, but he also has a gun with him. The ending, which is the beginning, is at least unsettling.
The album “Assia” consists of ten tracks, opens with “Io sono te”, written by the author with the inmates and ends with “Anna”. Anna is one of the women interviewed in the documentary “Caine”, and she is above all one of those girls who with courage and dignity decided to take off their mask in front of the camera and present themselves to us in all their fragile humanity. I like to close my story of yesterday’s meeting, using the words of this song by Assia Fiorillo, because today more than yesterday they resound like a prayer for those who are no longer among us.. Because today more than yesterday these verses remind us that inmates are not numbers, I’m not caine: they are human beings like us, who have made mistakes, have paid for their mistakes and have the right to rebuild their lives. Especially if we are a country that still truly believes in certain values, these women must not abandon them. Anna Rest in peace.
curated by Luigi De Rosa
How difficult it is to talk to you
How difficult it is to understand you
Staying here, on the other side
What all you tell me
What all your scars
May they be a precious gift for you
I know it all sounds unfair
But for the sake of yourself
Don’t look back
If you haven’t seen it for too many nights
Plus the moon and the way to your home
To all those times you have wished
Stand alone and you couldn’t
Pray to God if you believe it is useful but
Listen to who I pray
I pray to you
* taken from “Anna” by Assia Fiorillo
in the picture Assia Fiorillo, Dr. Rita Romano, Antonino Giammarino, Antonino Siniscalchi, Amalia De Simone, Rosa and Anna.