Netflix’s new documentary series deals with the story of the figures known to fight against the mafia. But as we all know, everything comes at a cost, and here, things are too messed up with lies, vendettas, and truth. This is the story of the unequal battle of the anti-mafia mafia through figures like Pino Maniaci and Silvana Saguto.
This review of the Netflix documentary series Vendetta: Truth, Lies and the Mafia does not contain spoilers.
The Cosa Nostra is one of the most notorious and violent crime syndicates around the world. Originating from Sicily, they are a terror for the locals. In a country where this kind of terror is in the upper hand, some people from the administrations, judiciary, or journalism stand up against them. Pino Maniaci and Silvana Saguto are the two people among them known for fighting against the mafia. But their war against the mafia is not just the ‘black vs white’ thing but there are many greyer zones to be addressed. Netflix’s new documentary series Vendetta addresses these grey areas of truth, lies, and vendettas.
Starting with showcasing the brief background of these two characters represented as the torchbearer of the anti-mafia movement, Maniaci, a clamorous news TV reporter of the homerun TV station Telejato, never shies away from calling out the mafia. He often challenges them and made his name in the first place in the fight against them. For his upright bashing of the mafia, he is constantly at risk as the first episode shows us. His car has been burnt, his dogs are brutally murdered and mafia members attempt to murder him. But when he comes to investigate the discrepancies of the Preventive Measures Department of the judiciary run by former judge Silvano Saguto, a murky game of truth and lies has comes along.
Silvano Saguto is another torchbearer of this ongoing war against the mafia. In the first episode, we also see how she is concerned about her family and herself from the mafia. She sentenced various mafia figures in the past and also is the pivotal figure in seizing the mafia’s assets. But her actions have come under question by the allegations of corruption by Pino Maniaci and the tug of war against these two has begun.
But sooner we also come to know about the other side of Pino Maniaci. He is also charged with various charges in court. As I said earlier talking about the war, this is not a ‘black vs white’ thing but this is about the greyer sides also. This series explores those more grizzled sides of this anti-mafia.
To do so, the maker doesn’t take any sides. They just tell us the whole thing about this discriminatory war against the mafia and leave it up to our interpretation what will we call them, the anti-mafia or the anti-mafia mafia.
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