By Gianfranco PANNONE

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Documentary - Completed 2008

Five former militant communists from the Red Brigades of 1969 meet again in a restaurant in 2007:it's the beginning of an exploration of the ideological and political roots of the far-left’s terrorism.

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 78 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Gianfranco PANNONE
    • Writer(s)
    • Gianfranco PANNONE, Giovanni FASANELLA
    • Synopsis
    • Reggio Emilia,1969. Thirty young militant communists leave the
      Communist Party, accusing it of having betrayed the ideals of the
      ‘Resistenza’, and , together with other young people of anarchic, socialist and catholic extraction, they form ‘l’Appartamento’, a commune where revolutionary dreams are bandied around. It is the same dreams that
      their fathers and grandfathers had had to abandon at the end of the war, due to Palmiro Togliatti’s pacifying policies. From the group of the Appartamento soon emerged the most dangerous terrorists of the future
      Red Brigades: Alberto Franceschini, Tonino Loris Paroli, Prospero Gallinari, Roberto Ognibene, Lauro Azzolini.
      Reggio Emilia, autumn 2007. Some of the ‘boys from 1969’ meet up almost 40 years later, at the hill-side restaurant where the group of the ‘Appartamento’ took the fatal decision of engaging in armed combat. We
      find Franceschini, Paroli and Ognibene sitting round a table, recalling past, at times dramatic, events. They are ex red brigades members, now back to normal life, after spending many years in prison in different parts
      of Italy. There are also Paolo Rozzi and Annibale Appiani, who did not join the Red Brigades. The former is now involved in the Democratic Party, the latter in the Unions. The group makes a sort of backward
      journey, discussing motivations for individual choices. In addition to the five main characters, we have two more amazing witnesses; in different ways, both took part in the experience of the Appartamento. Corrado Corghi, ex leading member of the Democrazia cristiana, represents catholic opposition politics, and Adelmo Cervi, son
      of Aldo, one of the seven communist brothers killed by nazi-fascists in 1943.
      Red Sunrise is the first Italian film to tackle the taboo subject of political and ideological roots of left-wing terrorism.