Sud (1993)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

How bad can political corruption get? Try this on for size: the four men in this story had already lost their jobs when an earthquake hit their part of Sicily and destroyed their houses. The government promised them money to rebuild with, but all of it went into the pockets of a local politician who was so greedy that they haven't seen a single lira of relief money. Now it is election time, and they are expected to stand idly by once again while that same local politician routinely replaces every honest ballot with special ones made out for him and his cronies. This time, the homeless men have had enough. They storm a local polling place in a school and demand jobs and housing. Normally, the local carabineri, who owe their jobs to the politician, would have stormed in and gunned them down, but the protesters have inadvertently trapped the politician's daughter in with them. While the authorities try to figure out what to do, word of this protest spreads through the community, and soon similar protests are taking place at other polling places.