“Prevent the docu-film March on Rome by Irish director Mark Cousin from being screened in Italian schools during class hours”. This is the extreme synthesis of theparliamentary question presented by the deputy of Fratelli d’Italia Chiara La Porta and addressed to the Minister of Education and Merit Giuseppe Valditara. To end up in the sights of the Fdi exponent, in particular, is the ending of the film that participated in the last Venice Film Festival. “The documentary film – reads the question – closes with a provocative comparison of the style of modern politicians with that of Benito Mussolini in the 1920s”. In the images the face of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni appears and for Fratelli d’Italia it is “a clear juxtaposition and comparison with Mussolini and the fascismdangerous and inappropriate comparisons”.
The film broadcast in class
Among the educational institutions that have screened March on Rome there is also a school in Sansepolcro, in the Aretino area, where the documentary film it was seen by students in fifth grade last November 29, during school hours, in a city cinema. The League della Valtiberina stating, through the secretary Luca Ciavattini, that “in a spirit of mutual esteem we want to fully share the action that the Sansepolcro Brothers of Italy club is carrying out together with the honorable Chiara La Porta. The League has always fought against the political abuse that certain teachers carry out in schools, also mixed with the various gender ideologies, which are increasingly inculcated in the minds of young students”.
The reasons for the question
Deputy La Porta explained the reason for her question. “Everyone is free to express their thoughts, God forbid. What, in my opinion, should not be allowed – she said MP – why it has no basis in reality, is that this film is shown to students of some schools during school hours. As far as I know, at least two high schools brought some classes to watch the screening. I find it absolutely inappropriate and dishonorable to watch such openly partisan and poorly educational feature films. That’s why I asked the minister Valditara whether it intends to take any measures to prevent this from happening again in other institutions”.
The position of the Pd
Irene Manzi, group leader Pd in the House in the Education Committee, however, he spoke of an attempt to censor freedom of teaching. “Since when – he asked – Does Fdi decide which films children can see during school hours and as part of the teaching choice of teachers? We have now crossed the line. Asking Minister Valditara to take measures because some institutions have decided to let students watch a feature film on the March on Rome, which also took part in the Venice Film Festival, is serious”. The Democrat leader added: “Not realizing it and filing an intimidating question is worse. It’s serious because there is the freedom to express one’s thoughts and that of teaching. And it’s serious because we don’t realize that the film is meant to make us think about the use of propaganda in political terms; an invitation to a critical conscience which is important, above all, for the younger generations”.
The film “March on Rome” broadcast at school. It is controversy: “Meloni compared to Mussolini”