Project “Contro le MaleBestie”

How to fight the “MaleBestie”? How to encourage young people to the culture of legality? Through cinematic language, for example. Along these lines, the Luigi Sturzo Institute and the Luigi Sturzo International Center (CISS) have conceived and implemented the project “Against the Bad Beasts”, intended for students of the Pio IX Pontifical School as part of the School-Work Alternation initiatives.

In fact, if well interpreted, instruments such as cinema and theater lend themselves to communicating and sharing positive values, especially among the younger generations. Therefore, it has been identified in the cinematographic language of contemporary Italian works the means by which to educate students to critical reflection on the values ​​and basic principles of the culture of legality and of civil commitment.

Between the end of January and the beginning of February 2018, at the headquarters of the Sturzo Institute, six recent films of Italian production have been screened in as many meetings, during which several representatives of the world of culture, journalism, of politics, of the judiciary, who were confronted with the students.

Subsequently, from the list of proposed films, the students selected the three films considered most likely to arouse positive critical reflections on the values ​​of legality and were actively involved in the creation of a film festival.


The review of the films took place in Rome articulating itself in four evenings:

  • May 14th, The Mafia kills only in summer (PIF, 2013), at the Pious IX Pontifical School
  • 23 May, Romanzo criminale (Michele Placido, 2005), at the Palazzo di Giustizia in Rome, Aula Occorsio
  • May 30th, Welcome President (Riccardo Milani, 2013), at the Luigi Sturzo Institute
  • June 6th, Final evening of award ceremony at the Luigi Sturzo Institute, of the 2018 Film Festival “Against the evil beasts” during which a theatrical reading of some passages taken from “The Mafia” Luigi Sturzo was held and the two prizes: the first awarded by a jury composed of institutional representatives and presided over by the Rosy Bindi, president of the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission; the second assigned by the students.

On August 17th and 18th, 2018 the two winners of the 2018 edition of the Film Festival “Contro le MaleBestie” have been included in the Solitudini event, organized by the Trentina Alcide De Gasperi Foundation, and held at Pieve Tesino and Strigno (TN).

Brochure I edition



II Edition

The second edition of the project aimed to deepen the issue of legality, expanding the proposals to be analyzed by the students, through the selection of 3 cinematographic works, 3 theater plays and 3 editorial works. The aim of the cycle of meetings was to highlight some of the “evils” of our time: the mafia and corruption; youthful discomfort, precariousness of work; violence against women; racism and the challenge of immigration, calling the students to reflect and discuss on the topics confronting the personalities of the world of culture, journalism, politics and the magistrates invited to the individual initiatives.

The cycle of meetings and screenings scheduled for the second edition took place between January and February 2019, at the headquarters of the Sturzo Institute, according to the following program:



  • The hundred steps (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2000)
  • 7 minutes (Michele Placido, 2016)
  • Terraferma (Emanuele Crialese, 2011)


  • The corrupt (Massimo Popolizio)
  • The oath (Claudio Fava)
  • Not to die of the Mafia (Pietro Grasso with Sebastiano Lo Monaco)


  • Corruption explained to the young people who care about the future of their country (Raffaele Cantone and Francesco Caringella, 2018)
  • Notes for a shipwreck (Davide Enia, 2017)
  • This is not love. twenty stories tell about domestic violence against women (the 27th hour, 2013)

The students, divided into working groups, animated a small electoral campaign to select three of the proposed works, with the aim of identifying those that, more than others, are able to arouse positive critical reflections on the values ​​and principles underlying of the culture of legality and of the civil commitment to the common good.

The last phase of the project, took place between May and June 2019,  each group of students organized a Festival in 3 open evenings, during which they read passages taken from “La Paranza” of the Children “by Roberto Saviano and” I am not afraid. Words on refugees and migrants “by Pope Francis.

The final prize-giving evening was held at Palazzo Baldassini during which a reflection proposed on the themes identified and a theatrical reading of some passages taken from “La Mafia” by Don Luigi Sturzo. Will also be presented two awards”ControleMaleBestie”: the first one assigned by a jury made up of representatives of the Institutions, the second by the students.


Brochure II edition


III Edition

The third edition of the project ‘Contro le MaleBestie’, launched in February 2020, provides for the selection of 3 cinematographic works, 3 theatrical works and 3 editorial works, through which it is intended to foster a reflection on the evils that afflict our time: the mafia and corruption; demographic transition and immigration; the low representation of women in some economic productive sectors.

The schools that have joined the III edition are: the Luciano Manara Classical Lyceum, the Gelasio Caetani State Magistral Institute, the Marco Tullio Cicerone Classical Lyceum of Frascati.

The works in competition for this year are:


The Traitor (Marco Bellocchio; 2019)
Sun heart and love (Daniele Vicari; 2016)
Lamerica (Gianni Amelio; 1994)


After the silence (by Pietro Grasso; directed by Alessio Pizzech; 2015)
Pinocchio nero (Marco Baliani; 2005)
Il casellante (by Giuseppe Dipasquale; with Moni Ovadia; 2017)


A bourgeois hero (Corrado Stajano; 2016)
Open doors (Mario Marazziti; 2019)
Women for another world (Paolo Moiola, Angela Lano; 2008)

The National Magistrates Association, the Criminal Chambers of Rome, the Christian Union of Entrepreneurs and Executives and the CISL have joined the project and will collaborate in its organization.