DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Never Whistle Alone


Never Whistle Alone




CATALOGUE TEXT
Ever since Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden everyone knows what a whistleblower is. Betraying secrets for a good cause brings a lot of honour to those who dare expose criminal systems. But becoming a whistleblower also means you lose your (former) life, risk mobbing, persecution and exile.

Director Marco Ferrari talks to seven people from his home country Italy who took this decision, asking them about their motives and the consequences – on a personal level as well as with regard to the crimes they denounced. Even if each of the interviewees worked up the individual courage to denounce system failures, their stories are uncannily similar: Anyone who gets out and does the right thing is immediately faced with aggression, intimidation, corruption, harassment and isolation. The police and judiciary seem not even close to being able to protect whistleblowers adequately respectively deal with their information sensibly. Ferrari doesn’t emphasize the individual characteristics but shows, by means of deliberately exaggerated stagings, what universal patterns of intimidation, cover-ups and thoughtlessness corrupt organisations are founded on. An important, tense film, whose protagonists seem like a blueprint for more moral courage at the desk.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

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Credits
Original Title: Never Whistle Alone Country: Italy Year: 2019 Language: Italian Subtitle: English, German Runtime: 74 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Marco Ferrari Producer: Priscilla Robledo, Francesco Crespi Cinematographer: Stefano Govi Editor: Neil Devetti Animation: Syd Golding Music: Francesco Leali, Alessandro Branca Sound: Vito Martinelli Script: Marco Ferrari
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