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Mafia film's UK debut in Thanet

A prize-winning Italian film telling the history of opposition to the Mafia is to get its first UK screening in Broadstairs.

The film, The 100 Steps, tells the remarkable story of Peppino Impastato, a left-wing activist who fought a heroic battle against the notorious Italian gangsters.

Peppino’s father was a member of the Mafia in Cinis, a Mafia-controlled town near Palermo, Sicily, but he broke with him to set up a revolutionary radio station in the teeth of opposition from the gangsters.

The film won a prize at the Venice Film Festival and was the Italian candidate at the Oscars. It is being screened to mark the launch of the acclaimed new book Defiance, written by Kent based author, Tom Behan.

The book tells the history of opposition to the Mafia in Italy.

Tom said: “Films like The Godfather have glamorised the Mafia and there are many myths and misconceptions about them but I want to show their true face.”

The screening will be at 7.30pm on Thursday June 12 at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs. Entry is free but there will be a collection to cover expenses.

For more information ring Norman Thomas on 01843 604 253 or email inmeds@yahoo.co.uk.

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