It’s better to hear the sound of the prison gate closing than to hear church bells ringing,’ says a Neapolitan adage. Better behind bars than dead. The teens that are locked up on the prison island of Nisida, situated before the coast of Naples, use it as a wry joke to put their hopeless situation into perspective.
Scena del Crimine is a frame narrative in seven ‘scenes’ that begins and ends on the prison island of Nisida. In between, we see five views of the city that have been determined by the underworld. We hear the sad story of a grandmother about her murdered grandson. At the forensic department of the police, detective Baiano tells how his former classmates fell prey to the mafia one by one. At the military academy, they aspire to counterbalance the chaos of the city with forced efforts. We see how petty thief Mauro, confined to his home under house arrest, is going out of his mind with boredom while looking down longingly at the lively streets of Naples.
Scena del Crimine creates an oppressive image of an underworld that is as elusive as it is nearby.
Born in 1966, he studied film at the Art Academy in Breda, the Netherlands. Since 1993 he has made several documentary films, including one about funk musician Sly Stone (let me have it all) and one about black pop stars (can’t u hear me singin’) Since 1997 he has also worked as a free lance director for the Dutch TV station VPRO.
His work became internationally recognized when he was awarded for Best Documentary at the Brooklyn International Film Festival in 2003 and when he won the Dutch ‘Golden Calf’ for his documentary film ‘ASH worldwide suicide’ (2002).
Script & Director: Walter Stokman
Camera: Jackó van ‘t Hof
Sound: Daniele Maraniello, Luca de Gregorio
Edited by: Walter Stokman, Patrick Minks
Music composed & performed by: Ronald Kool
Sound Design: Tom Bijnen
Graphics: Rik Bas Backer
Graphics “Nisida”: Florentijn Bos
Line Producer: Jorinde Sorée
In co-production with VPRO.
With support from Netherlands Film Fund and Dutch Cultural Media Fund.