“Everyone has right to life. No life is superior to another. Respect for others is the rule, and tolerance must be the precept. Whoever disobeys these principles will be punished. Everyone must guarantee respect.”

Already in XVIII century Africa the Manden Charter, one of the oldest constitutions of our history, with the first true declaration of human rights was speaking to “the four corners of the Earth” trying to protect the right to live with integrity for every human being.

But the rest of the world needed much more time to understand and recognize these principles.

From Sulla mia pelle, film 2018

In 2019 the final judgment of the trial for Stefano Cucchi’s death clearly reaffirmed this concept, finally restoring justice for a young man who was, first and beyond his crimes, another life to protect.

Stefano’s story, just like others before, denounces a reality where lust for power often obscures people’s minds, where the Constitution, the centrepiece of our State, can be violated by those who should appeal to it to protect us, where it’s important more than ever to talk about rights and humanity. In the same way in which we’ve had the possibility to seek in the past for ways to improve our present, these events should become an example, so that similar atrocities may not happen again, regardless of the type of crime.

Yet another time the question arises as to whether it was enough.

Vakhtang Enukidze, 38-years-old man from Georgia, was found dead in a CPR in Gradisca D’Isonzo. There is nothing sure about the events except for this horrible end: the police has completely ruled out the possibility that something similar to Stefano’s case happened, but an audio proof hailing from inside the Centre shows how eight policemen were indeed surrounding, insulting and harrassing the aforementioned man.

As even the last breath of hope seems to be fading away and this appalling film appears to be starting again, a light shines faintly through the fog: the image of a policeman kissing Ilaria Cucchi’s hand at the end of the process. The pain, effort and exhaustion of a sister are repaid with gratitude by a man who is symbolically asking for forgiveness, hoping that no one will ever have to live through this again.

Gloria Antonucci