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What does it mean today to be antifascist? What does it survive 70 years after Liberation?

About the project

DOCUMENTARY - 70 minutes for cinema distribution and DVD in four languages

Saboteurs is a film for cinema and DVD distribution for home viewers and all venues where there is a desire to reflect on what it meant  to be part of the Resistance, Partisans and Saboteurs. The collective memory of the struggle for liberation is still alive in the cities, in the mountains and inside the people who formed the Resistance in Italy.

These old people little by little will fade away, but the places will remain, and the young people within them. What are we doing with this history?

The film seeks to  spread a wider dissemination of knowledge and awareness regarding these topics, on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of Liberation. Today new waves of right-wing extremism are gaining more political power, is anti-fascism still a fundamental value in our European societies?

Saboteurs talks about the "Partisans’ Paths" today, through the faces and stories of its participants, young and old, spanning Italy, France and Germany.


A footpath in the woods, silence. Sunlight shines through the branches and leaves of the trees. At First far away, almost undetectable, then it grows ever more present. It’s the sound of footsteps, the shortness of breaths, and  low voices.

There are  almost a hundred people walking. They walk once more around some of the old mountains paths, once crossed between the winter of 1943 and the spring of '45, by Italian partisans, in the fight against the nazi-fascist enemy. Along the way, when they take a break, they meet a few old "rebels" that are still alive. It will be a mutual exchange that interacts between several European countries, between the past and the present.

Only by returning to these places where these stories took place, it is possible to understand what the burning desire of justice that drove the partisans to fight, was like. You need to visit, and listen to the places to understand how difficult the choice would have been on whether to become a partisan: the suffering that it entailed, the fear of death, the hope for a different future, one of equality.

A dream built with the power of reason and solidarity, founded by a group of freedom seeking men and women.

The film, in particular, gives an account of the story of Fernando Cavazzini, an old man, an ex-partisan in Reggio Emilia, who was the head of the Saboteurs Devil’s Squad with the battle name of Toni. He remains one of the most important witnesses of the " Partisans’ Paths".

His story is intertwined with the tales of the other "saboteurs": Tanja, is a young woman, an educator from Hamburg who is active in social politics, she lives in a collective housing project and comes every year to Italy to take part in the "Partisans' Paths" walk.

Next, there is  Steffen’s story, a thirty year old man from Pirna, near Dresden, one of the German neo-nazi groups strongholds. It is here where he founded more than ten years ago the cultural association Akubiz, which gathers young people to get involved in numerous anti-racist and anti-fascist cultural events; he has also been for many years, a frequent visitor on  the “Partisans’ Paths” in Italy.

And finally, Stefano, who lives in a “suburb” outside Paris where he continues his work as a “socially active” musician.

In 1993 the first meeting of the "Partisans’ Paths" took place, that would later become an annual event in the Apennines mountains near Reggio Emilia in Italy. Since 1993, every year this walk, organized by Istoreco (The Historical Institute for the Resistance of Reggio Emilia), has had increasing success, and we hope this will also happen to the film, with the allegiance to support old and new stories of the Resistance.

What are the funds for?


We have already shot all of the material and we are aiming to cover the costs of the post-production and final editing, to release the documentary in cinemas and to independantly distribute it creating the DVD with four different language subtitles (English, German, Italian, French) to make the documentary accessible to a wider audience of "new young anti-fascists".

In particular, your contribution will be used to cover the following costs:

  • to translate the documentary into four languages (English, German, Italian, French)
  • to insert the subtitles on the documentary
  • to complete video color correction and audio mixing for the master copy
  • to produce the DVD autoring and the master copy
  • to duplicate DVD copies into four different language subtitles
  • to create the graphics for DVD and promotion
  • to print covers and posters
  • to release this documentary for cinema and for all dedicated venues


The project can be supported in different ways. In any case, the supporters name will be imprinted forever on the end credits of Saboteurs.

You can start with a minimum contribution, next it’s possible with a few contribution more to receive a DVD copy of the film and a partisan postcard autographed by the partisans who accompanied by their testimonies the "Partisans’ Paths" organized by Istoreco every year.

Step by step if your contribution grows more you can receive ever more different rewards, for example another documentary directed by the same authors of Saboteurs titled "The Violin of Cervarolo", or with more support you can receive THE EXCLUSIVE PARTISAN PRIDE KIT composed of the Saboteurs DVD with Your NAME on the end credits + the T-SHIRT and the "Partisans’ Paths" HAT created by Istoreco – The Historical Institute for the Resistance of Reggio Emilia.

With a bigger amount you can send a PARTISAN GREETING: a group of Istoreco people will go to Reggio Emilia square on Liberation day, to leave a bouquet of flowers in your name with your personal message on the Partisan Monument.

There is also a special offer valid for associations and groups who desire to insert the LOGO of their association on the end credits of the documentary and on all social media and communication coverage related to the project and also the Association will have the possibility to screen the documentary for free on the occasion that they consider most suitable for it activity’s events.

And finally, if you are a very very special person, you will be supporting a highly valued educational lesson for a large group of young people only by the biggest contribution. Read more on the rewards section…

About the project owner

Born and raised in Reggio Emilia, where he still lives and works. After graduating in philosophy between 1999 and 2002 he has been working as film-critic for the magazine Cineforum, one of the most important cinema review in Italy. In those years he attended courses in film directing in Bologna and specialized in documentaries. Between 2000 and 2001 he collaborated with the Archive of Audiovisual Workers and Democratic Movement in Rome, first as assistant director, then as cameramen. He is one of the founders of the R60 Study Centre in Reggio Emilia, where he is head of the audiovisual and for which he made several documentaries on the theme of work and history in that territories. Still on the theme of memory and rewriting of local history through documentary films, he has been working together with Matthias Durchfeld Istoreco (the historical institute of Reggio Emilia) for many years. They together realized Vezzano Boys (2008), Spring Beauty (2011) and The Violin of Cervarolo (2012).

Sante Mussini (2003)
La memoria della terra (2004)
Penelope e la guerra (2006)
Ragazzi di Vezzano (2008)
Note a margine – Appunti per un film sul 7 luglio (2010)
Primavera di bellezza (2011)
Il violino di Cervarolo (2012)

Born in Germany, lived for more than twenty years working in the Apennines of Reggio Emilia for Istoreco, Institute for History of Resistance and Contemporary Society. Since 1993 he has been organized itinerant lessons of history, such as guided tours in several Italian cities, hiking trails partisans in the mountains of Reggio-Emilia and trips to the memory centers of Nazi power in Europe. Promotes the site as a source as it was a document archive, like the oral testimony of the acts or paper. After a bilingual exhibition on the Italian Resistance, driving on historical tourism routes "Guiding Partisans" and the online archive of video testimonies www.resistance-archive.org (2007), again working in groups with fellow Italians and Germans , gives rise to small and innovative publications on the history of the Resistance of Reggio Emilia "Have you seen that story?" (photo guide, 2008) and "Have you heard that story?" (mp3 guide, 2009). The same methodology that covers both the place is the natural person and witnesses, got him in meeting the documentarist Nico Guidetti. Together they realized Vezzano Boys (2008), Spring Beauty (2011) and The Violin of Cervarolo (2012).