The girl in rags

This unique representation of the history of Zinzulusa wants to bring girls and boys of all ages closer to the beauty and the eternal memory of a story that is not just about the tradition of this place but also holds a universal meaning. The respect for the Right to a protected and peaceful childhood in a Country where violence against women does not only affect women, but also girls and boys who have increasingly become the victims of this form of violence. The data, indeed, show that in 65.2% of all domestic violence cases, children are present as well. Moreover, in 25% of cases, children are directly affected by such abuse. After the first novel, where we told the story of a woman alone faced with the need to get out of a situation of economic isolation, with this novel we wanted to draw attention to the need for a social reconstruction, also raising awareness on phenomena where voice must be given to the silence of those who cannot defend themselves, especially when they are minors.

Zinzulusa as a symbol and reminder through History, as a place of memory, memory also of the Earth, of a most unique orography is here to tell us that real beauty lies in knowing how to surround ourselves with an uncontaminated environment, to be observed with respect and with an eye towards a more sustainable future. A future in which we can also hand down the wonders of nature, perhaps by telling a Story that we will never want to see reflected in a new society, rebuilt and supportive, inclusive and confident that the future restarts from preserving and making new generations stronger and more aware.

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The girl in rags


Global Thinking Foundation
Copyright 2020 Global Thinking Foundation

Introduction: Claudia Segre
Concept and synopsis: Rosanna Grimaldi
Story and screenplay: Nico Vassallo
Drawings and colours: Marcello Restaldi

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For the references to housing, we were inspired by Antonio Costantini’s book “Guida all’Architettura Contadina del Salento” (Congedo Editore, le Linee Verdi, 2017).
For proverbs, names and nicknames, fairy tales and legends we are grateful to the books “Racconti del Salento” by Carlo Petracchi (Capone Editore, 2018) and “Fiabe e Leggende di Puglia” by Antonio Errico (Capone Editore, 2013).
Some thoughts contained in the “balloons” of Gil the cat are inspired by the aphorisms of Mark Twain.

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