Synopsis by Dan Pavlides
This somber docudrama takes place in the squalid ghetto known as Zen 2. Over 25,000 people live in the 3-year-old makeshift city under deplorable conditions where there are open sewers and undrinkable water. The only available electricity is stolen from power lines, as children are constantly sickened by the pollution of the air and water. The main industry consists of violent crime, drug dealing, prostitution, and robbery. Sister Chiara (Consuelo Lupo) and Father Don Luigi (Franco Scaldati) seem to be the only ones who try to save the children by encouraging them to play sports instead of snatching purses and dealing drugs. They also take the kids on trips to show them there are other places than the notorious ghetto where they live their miserable lives. During filming of ZEN - Zona Espansione Nord, local authorities refused to accompany the film crew into the area.
against-all-odds, drugs, pollution, poverty