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On March 27, 2004, Annalisa Durante, at the age of 14, was killed in Forcella, a Naples area under the Giuliano clan’s dominance. Annalisa and two of her friends were in front of her father’s small store, leaning on a car, talking with Salvatore Giuliano, a young Camorrah boss, then 22.
This photographic journey starts with Annalisa's father, Giovanni Durante, who still works in the same store in Forcella. Since the day she was murdered, he brings breakfast with milk at 9 every morning to his daughter's grave. Annalisa was buried along with her cell phone, which was her father's wish, since she used to call him five times per day, every day.
There is a magnificent strength in Giovanni Durante's will to stay in Forcella, trying to right the wrongs of one of the most dangerous areas in Naples. A similar determination can be found in the teachers at the Liceo Elsa Morante, in the Scampia neighborhood, in their daily effort to educate and keep the girls of Scampia off the streets and from a destiny that seems to have been written long before these girls were born.
In this book there are portraits of girls whose destinies can still change, if not the destiny of the area in which they are growing up. Annalisa was one of them. She kept a diary, in which she wrote that Naples was becoming too dangerous to live in and how she was dreaming to escape, to live far away from Forcella.
The notorious neighborhood of Scampia is considered one of the most dangerous in Italy for its central position in one of the highest drug trafficking and dealing in Europe, where Camorrah business has its core and main income by selling drugs of excellent quality at the lowest price. Annalisa's homicide evidence, like the bullet extracted from her skull, are all points that, once connected, become a large and unique picture of the desolation which is equal only to the hope, not only for Naples, but maybe for all of today's Italy.
— Valerio Spada
* Photography Book Now 2011 Grand Prize Winner
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