Brief description

The first episode of the documentary of the “Seven cities of Rome” shows us the city of discomfort. The city of discomfort consists of those neighborhoods in Rome where there are the majority of public housing estates surrounded by peripheral squatter settlements.

The city of discomfort, with its 438,000 inhabitants, can be defined as an enclave of inequality. Several factors cause such discomfort: poor building maintenance, low educational level, child poverty, lack of job opportunities, high unemployment rate, high risk of ending up in criminal networks.

To document the city of discomfort, the authors decided to film in Tor Bella Monaca. To do so, implemented their participatory methodology within the association Tor Più Bella. The association was founded in 2016, as a result of the initiative of three women living in one of the public buildings of the area.

The documentary “The City of Discomfort”, produced by Andrea Mancori, Giorgia Amato, Cécile Berranger and Sara Vicari from the collective, is an adaptation of the book “Le Sette Rome: la capitale delle disuguaglianze raccontata in 29 mappe” written by Keti Lelo, Salvatore Monni e Federico Tomassi, published by Donzelli. The 4th of July 2021 the documentary has been awarded with the first prize for the Best Documentary on a theme of Social Justice.

Main topics

Case study

The City of Discomfort

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Project coordinators

Andrea Mancori

Responsible for videmaking activities and communication

Sara Vicari

Responsible for research activities and
partnership development


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