Europe, Why Women Count

italy1Rosa Carlucci and her two teenage sons fled their home in the south of Italy to escape her abusive ex-husband and seek protection from the social services in the northern town of Turin. But they refused to believe her, and instead gave custody of the two boys to her violent former truck-driver husband. Rosa’s problems with the authorities stem from deep-rooted prejudices about women that survive in southern Italy – she’s a separated woman, and her own natural mother sold her at birth to a childless couple who adopted her; she’s seen as unreliable, and untrustworthy – even when the two boys put in her husband’s charge suddenly disappear.

Production: RAI The Italian Public Television (Italian only)

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