Author(s): Nanni Balestrini
Noi vogliamo tutto: We want everything – all the wealth, all the power, and no work.” Torino, 1969. Fiat’s giant Mirafiori plant is a magnet for thousands of young southern workers, who go north to escape oppression, poverty and underdevelopment and find only exploitation and abuse on the assembly lines. “Vogliamo tutto” – “We want everything” – is the chant of angry workers in the wildcat strikes during this season of rebellion that sparked a decade of political upheaval in Italy. And Vogliamo tutto is the story of one young southerner’s experiences, a story of emigration, the revolt against work and the birth of political consciousness. Drawing on interviews, flyers and the movement’s bulletins, Nanni Balestrini documents these workers’ experiences on the factory floor, in the meetings and demonstrations and, finally, at the barricades to create a poetic remix of a novel, a searching documentary and a call to arms for a just society.