title Nursery the Series
date On Work
Status funds research
Synopsis of the series “Nursery”
In 2020, the world has just come out from an enormous economic and productive crisis. A lot of economic organizations were not able to fight the problem, while other countries have taken a different path. And owing to all this, Europe found itself in a situation where it had to deal with poverty, then with promises, and consequently, with dictatorships.
Like every dictatorship, all these ones had been based on military expenditures, cultural impoverishment and suppression of the freedom of thought, in order to be able to justify themselves and to maintain their power. Like every dictatorship, these too created divisions that were put before the eyes of the ones who were subdued in order to control them. Like every dictatorship, they got people divided into supporters or traitors, so as to point at the second ones as enemies for the first ones.
At the first signals of the seriousness of the financial crisis, Italy saw a charismatic and despotic man like General Firmani come to power. In a short period of time, he managed to obtain a full control of the nation thanks to a military takeover. If, officially, the Firmani government adopted a self-congratulatory policy to obtain more and more consent, it actually worked hard in getting rid of the opposition too; it obviously used most resources to talk about the positive aspects and in order to keep all the skeletons in the closet, heavily guarded. Therefore, while a large number of enthusiastic supporters stood up, an equally big number of dissidents disappeared, and no one knew anything about them, or not even heard a single thing about them anymore. But it was not possible to get rid of every dissident, and people soon realized how chained by the government they all were. The revolution defeated the dictatorship, but suddenly the dictatorship’s supporters started to disappear, just like the dictatorship’s opponents had done in the previous months. But the supporters of the dictatorship were not tortured to death, their turning their backs on Firmani government and swearing to never have supported him was considered enough. It is now the year 2038 and the street clashes, with molotovs and tear gas, are relentless. In the middle of the chaos, a girl seems to not be aware of what is happening, raptured by the fact that she is tasting chocolate for the first time. The girl is 18 years old, and chocolate has been out of commerce for decades. The girl’s name is Mirta, and she is our main character.
Mirta is the daughter of the famous builder Paul Farland, who had arrived in Italy little time after the settlement of Firmani. She has always seen the political situation from inside a bubble, well-built up for her by her wealthy parents. She begins her studies in the social field, and then, after some years, she finds a job in a public office that deals with social services and adoptions, stuffed with old files and moldy documents. The office, owing to the few resources that are destined to it, has its staff cut to the bone, and it looks more like a secondary suburban branch than like the headquarter of a city such as Florence, which had been designated administrative capital city by the dictator. The colleagues are down to earth, and Mirta has managed to develop some good relationships and to link these with her private life. But everyday life in the office is made of remanding, inspections, archiving of borderline cases and managing of minors in unstable situations, and she is able to bear all this, only thanks to the routine.
One day, while going downstairs in the cellar archive, Mirta finds a pile of old documents, from the looks they seem to date back to 30 years before or even earlier, they have stamps and signatures of the fallen regime on them, illegible due to the intervention of a mysterious censor. She does not seem to give weight to this discovery, until, few days later, she receives a strange phone call; in fact, she is contacted by a mysterious Voice that suggests collaborating with a terroristic organization, “Ophelia”. The voice tells her about how the dictatorship had tortured and killed thousands of dissidents, making their bodies and traces disappear. It tells her about how hundreds of newborn babies, made orphans because of the political choices of the parents, had been remanded to more “loyal” parents. It tells her how she is one of these babies, and it tells her that, joining Ophelia, she has the possibility to seek revenge on her parents’ persecutors. Mirta accepts.