Paying Your Dues
Witness Palermo's bitter fight against the Cosa Nostra
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Playmaker is a production company working in the audiovisual field. Based in Sicily it produces creative documentaries focused on social and cultural issues for a national and international distribution. Thanks to a group of Sicilian professionals and providers, our team is able to support executive productions of feature film, documentaries and Tv productions offering a wide range of services such as location management, casting, crew composition, logistic, transports.
Playmaker works as well as a specialized service for audio and video equipment rental and It provides Eng troupes and postproduction services. Playmaker since 2006 joins the Pizzo-free business list promoted by Comitato Addio Pizzo.
In a contradictory city like Palermo, many illegal behaviors, customs and attitudes are considered from the citizens as something unavoidable if you want to survive or lead a quiet life. One of these compromises its the payment of pizzo, the protection money paid in various forms and quantities according to the factory or shop size. This money gives Mafia a double opportunity, a proper economical collection for the welfare of the criminal organization, and at the same time a capillary control over the territory. Its hard to track a line of the bad and the good ones among common people, being very subtle the reasons that allow the surviving of this system. Its a system where there is a big grey zone of people that dont make any choice but just accept what the system impose. It is very difficult to understand if people is passive because of their established mentality or for the fear of possible recriminations. What is sure is that anyone in this city, even in daily life is called to do a civil choice, to be a compliant citizen or an involuntary hero.