An Anarchist Life

  • Posted on: 18 October 2012
  • By: worker

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We just want to let know that the film
An Anarchist Life by ivan bormann and fabio toich
will be out in january 2013.
You can visit the website and buy the dvd to contribute to the project.
It's a film about the life of an extraordinary person, Umberto Tommasini, a simple blacksmith that crossed europe and the 20 th century....</td><td><img title="one tool. one answer." src=""></td></tr></...


It is a model story, an extraordinary adventure, a tale of revolutionary practice and tension, among anarchy and irony, simplicity, curiosity and vitality all throughout Europe, its wars and the social struggles of the 1900s. It is a story on how to live all in one breath, responsibly, diving into contradictions, "getting one's hands dirty", and still keeping one's balance between theory and practice.
It is the story of Umberto Tommasini, a blacksmith born in 1896 in Vivaro a small village in Friuli in the Italian Kingdom. It is the story of a migration to Trieste, Austro-Hungarian territory, of a socialist family made up of a father and 4 brothers. A family that already in Vivaro has stirred it up opening the first social library in one of the two rooms that made up the family house. Later Umberto throws himself into protest demonstrations, until he ends up enlisted in the Italian Army and then in Caporetto. First shooting up in the air hoping to miss the "enemy" and then spending time in prison camps, he walks through the Great War , getting back to Trieste just in time to clash with the first fascist squads in heated and direct social uprising. He is one of the first to end up in political confinement, first in Ponza, and then in Ventotene. Here he meets antifascist characters such as Gramsci, Di Vittorio and Bordiga whom he treats as his equal, without any awe.
Umberto's story is at times epic, as in his ranaway to his exile in Paris, or even when finally his dream of a libertarian revolution comes true in Spain, where the people rebels against Franco's fascist coup d'état .
It is here, in Barcelona, that Umberto finds his second home among the anarchic volunteers from all over Europe, next to the other antifascists elements: communists, socialists and liberals. However soon the dream of unity shatters and the dominant approach of the communists prevails, the revolutionary longings of the anarchists are crushed, ending up in repression and even in the killing of Camillo Berneri in the streets of Barcelona.
Umberto is forced to retreat, he travels back to France, again in exile, Confinement, and then again in Trieste. Here he continues to keep alive the torch of anarchy, in hard times for the movement, times oppressed by the domination of the Communist Party on masses and consciences. Until in 1968 libertarian attitudes and approaches re-emerge in the new generations. Together with these twenty-year-olds Umberto, already in his seventies, founds the Anarchic Group Germinal.
Beyond the charm of adventure and of Umberto's magnetic personality, we tell the story of a man of the people who experiences History on himself all in one breath and without compromises, and joins in bringing it about together with many others. Such immediacy, clearness, completeness and fullness of life make us wonder why is it that today such a life would seem so difficult.


It's alot like my own personal journey,,, beautiful, graceful and exciting!

You're making a film that makes a spectacle out of the life of some anarchist?

And you want me to buy it?!

Get out.

Right, because any aesthetic production is necessarily a contribution to spectacle; because Guy Debord's theses are still relevant; because all anarchist initiatives are started by wealthy folk who can self-finance...

I honestly can't tell if you're being jokily snarky or just snarky.

"because Guy Debord's theses are still relevant"

And what makes you believe they are now irrelevant??? Coz Deleuze-Guattari told you so?

But oh, of course, all those people enslaved by football, video games and Madonna is just a minor detail that's got NOTHING to do with their getting along with the system like sheep, no matter the austerity and Police State!

Deleuze and Guattari definitely think Debord is relevant... everyone does...

More dead anarchists fetish! I suppose that some anarchist federation behind that film.

Just like it doesn't matter that today's anarchists in Italy are facing the exact kind of repression by the fascist police, for doing about the same kind of anti-authoritarian attacks against capitalists. As long as they aren't dead, we won't be giving them recognition and talking about them in our anarchist lectures.

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