On the 2nd of November 2011 the Sicilian Giovanni Impastato, who fights against the mafia, was invited in DÃ¼sseldorf and Cologne, in order to present his book Resistere a Mafiopoli (Resist Mafiopolis) at the Heinrich-Heine-University and at the Filmhaus Cologne. In this book Giovanni Impastato tells the story of his brother Peppino Impastato to the music journalist Franco Vassia (co-editor). Peppino Impastato was an activist in the fight against the mafia and was murdered by the Cosa nostra in 1978. After the death of his older brother Giovanni Impastato went on fighting against the mafia together with his friends and family.
The encounter with Giovanni Impastato, his touching story and his plea for a nonviolent and democratic society have moved the students at the University DÃ¼sseldorf as well as the mainly italian audience at the Fimhaus Cologne. After the book presentation of two hours, Giovanni Impastato and his guests continued their conversation with a glass of wine.
The presentation was organised by Prof. Vittoria BorsÃ² and Aurora RodonÃ² of the Institute for Romance studies at the Heinrich-Heine-University DÃ¼sseldorf in cooperation with Cultura21 (Davide Brocchi) and the Filmhaus Cologne.
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Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
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