From the mid 80s until the end of the 90s, Rome was the scene of a local phenomenon linked to the music and lifestyle of American Punk/Hardcore. This is the story of those who were the first to import some musical and attitudinal features from the USA until they shaped a new tradition out of it in Rome. Shot in five years, following the Do It Yourself convictions, the film is a a socio-anthropological journey into the daily nowadays life of those who, back then, were struggling to set such spontaneous movement into the roman society and the already existing underground movement. An analysis on about 15 years of self-made life before the internet, featuring fanzines, early italian skateboarding, records, counter-culture, animalism, music, fashion, with a narrative structured through the juxtaposition of interviews and original footage. How notions of a foreign phenomenon can be imported before the internet, develop its own features based on the the local possibilities and become something else from the origin? How a tradition can be re-invented by moving the scenario of its happenings?
excerp from RMHC 1989-1999's synopsis
Giulio Squillacciotti (Rome, 1982). He owns a BA in Medieval Art History from Rome University and a MA hons in Visual Arts from the Architecture School of Venice. He is an artist working mainly with film, video, photography, text and installations. His work has been exhibited, presented and screened in various international locations like, among the others, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Magasin CNAC in Grenoble (FR), the Columbia University in New York City and the M.I.T. in Boston (USA), the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and MAXXI Museum in Rome (I), the Haus der Kultur der Welt in Berlin and the Neues Museum in Weimar (D), the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and the Manifesta 8 Venue in Murcia (E), the Prague Biennale (CZ).