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By Francesco Francaviglia
Publisher: Postcart Edizioni
Publication date: 2015
Print length: 112 pages
In the summer of 1992, there was carnage in and around Palermo. First, a slaughter at Capaci, in which a judge, his wife and three police officers were slaughtered. Then, a blast in Via D'Amelio, which killed another judge as well as his five bodyguards. It was at this point that a group of women in Palermo felt the need to do something, to react in some way.

This book acknowledges and celebrates the many courageous women from Sicily who staged a public protest and hunger strike against the Mafia in 1992. Their actions were unprecedented, and their bravery initiated waves of publicity as well as public and private debate about a topic many feared.

22 years later, photographer Francesco Francaviglia sought out these heroic women to hear the stories about their actions in 1992 and to learn what has happened in the intervening decades. He made portraits, recorded interviews, collected archival documents and newspaper clippings, and gathered statements from other people who were affected by their actions. Together, this material has become a fascinating testimony filled with insight about the ways of the Mafia, and more importantly, how the rebellion of these women has affected the course of their lives. Many have continued to stay active in politics, law, advocacy and journalism.
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