“Secrets of the Nigerian mafia.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Sergio Nazzaro

2023 March 20

“Secrets of the Nigerian mafia.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Sergio Nazzaro

-Who is Sergio Nazzaro?

A curious person who now has more doubts than certainties. The only antidote to doubt is continuous study, research. An antidote that fortunately does not work, and so doubt remains alive and fuels curiosity. I am wary of those who possess any kind of variety and envy those who have certainty, doubt is like the sea, it is constantly moving, deep, fascinating but also overwhelming. Writing reflects this state of mind whether it is analysis, investigation or storytelling.

-What inspired you to become a writer?

Foreword, I do not consider myself a writer. I have read too many books to think of myself as a writer.

If I think of my favorite authors, no n can even remotely imagine me near shelf or bookstore. by now everyone writes, even one book and talks about it for decades. We get the picture from the contract on, as an imperishable testimony to nothingness. It’s not for me. I am fortunate enough to have been the voice of compelling, public interest stories. Listening is more interesting than writing. Writing is a duty to give voice to those who don’t have one and especially to give voice to those who cannot be heard. Today it is a bad habit not only to steal the story, the voice, but even people’s lives. Writers, journalists whose lives are miserable and who usurp the lives of others as if they had lived them, instead of staying in the background as the true masters of reportage teach. But it is the endless age of selfies and everything becomes a 15-second show.  

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

Absolutely, like any artistic action and production. And I think this is a daily action. Every day we are surrounded by artistic stimuli. The real problem lies in its production. Always so complex, exhausting. Even after a long process, you always have to convince a producer, a publisher, a gallery owner of the goodness of your idea. I also agree that one always has to fight for one’s ideas, for one’s productions, but it is also tiring to always have to convince someone, while then always running after the new social phenomenon. There is no longer a time for slow production, for details. It’s a constant grind for an inattentive audience, or at least it seems to me that’s what you want. Quality takes time, and you can’t waste it convincing but working on the project itself.

-What would you change in the world?

This is a wonderful question. You only ask it to children now, instead of asking it also and especially to adults, to those who at the end of the day have a chance to be able to really change things. I would change the desire to change the world, change by trying to teach the small but plural steps. Small steps of millions, hundreds of millions together change the world. Yet we live in world that has yet to defend the rights of women, the Lgbtq+ community and so on. This is shocking, we are all citizens of the right to live and to exist, to live, to love, and yet even after a pandemic we stand there warring and suppressing minority. This questions me, how do you change the world, if the worst ones start wars and oppressions and they are a minority, what do the majority of people do? Does it remain silent?  

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

I’m not an expert, I’ve written a few things for film and TV, such as a series on the Nigerian mafia, but it’s still stopped. I hope and speak for the Italian world, I repeat I am not an expert, but I have the privilege of knowing and being friends with many young filmmakers, who may have the space to be able to make their ideas true. We see too much nonsense, trivial film or TV series productions, why don’t we give space to what is just beautiful? And here we come back to the critical point, that having to convince those who are in the position to decide. And that seems to me to be a very good parallel to those who wage wars and oppression, a few in the wrong positions.