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La Forza del Silenzio

La Forza del Silenzio è la storia di Gennaro e Maurizio Abate due gemelli autistici monozigoti.

L’autismo è una patologia del neurosviluppo caratterizzata dal disturbo della comunicazione (verbale e non verbale), della personalità e che quindi compromette la relazione con il prossimo. Non si sa ancora molto sulle cause scatenanti della patologia per cui non ci sono ancora risposte scientifiche per la risoluzione alla stessa.

Secondo l’Organizzazione mondiale della sanità (Oms), i disturbi dello spettro autistico colpiscono nel mondo un bambino su 160. Secondo l’Istituto Superiore della Sanità in Italia sarebbero coinvolte 500,000 famiglie, ed è un dato allarmante in crescita.

I genitori dei gemelli, Enzo ed Antonella, hanno subito un durissimo colpo quando il dottore ha formulato la diagnosi di autismo ai loro figli. In quel momento si sono infranti tutti i loro sogni giovanili di una vita normale, di aspettative di vita sui figli e di progetti per il futuro. Per Enzo ed Antonella è stato ed è molto duro non poter comunicare con i loro figli, non riuscire a capire i momenti in cui hanno bisogno di aiuto e doverli vedere spesso essere preda di crisi nervose anche prolungate. Con gli anni, ma soprattutto con l’amore, i genitori dei gemelli sono riusciti ad instaurare un linguaggio non verbale ma che gli permette di mettersi in contatto con i loro figli.

Il cuore di Enzo ed Antonella è angosciato dal pensiero di cosa ne sarà dei ragazzi dopo di loro e forse sanno che questa domanda non avrà risposta.

La Forza del Silenzio è una storia di autismo e di amore.

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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 18/12/2018. Gennaro and Maurizio, two autistic twins, on the terrace of the Association La Forza del Silenzio, have a break after their therapy. Gennaro and Maurizio, like many autistic boys, have behaviors that change abruptly and it is often difficult for their therapists to involve them in rehabilitation activities, so their therapist gives them free moments in the sun on the terrace that very much like to the twins. The Association is housed in a villa confiscated from the Schiavone family, the most influential of the Camorra in Caserta, and takes care of about 80 autistic boys.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 25/10/2013. Gennaro and Maurizio, just dressed by their mother in their home, are waiting to go out with their parents. It is usually difficult to see the two twins close by who share spaces, it is since they were born that they ignore and try to stay away from each other. Only recently, thanks to the behavioral therapies that are taught to them that boys can share the space together.
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Italy, Aversa (CE), 17/07/2015. Maurizio, one of the autistic twins, for the first time manages to be alone in an open space in a park. Usually the boy is afraid of being in open places and when it happens he gets nervous crises and clings to a fixed point and does not want to move anymore. It can remain that way even for hours.
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Italy, Succivo (CE), 17/07/2015. Gennaro, one of the two autistic twins, in a riding school during a closing moment. The horse represents a very important animal for the boys and their family. The twins in fact do not speak and the only time that Maurizio, one of the two spoke, said the word "horse" and then did not speak more in his life. Their family then brings them the stables as often as possible.
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Italy, Aversa (CE), 17/07/2015. Antonella, the mother of autistic twins, has a moment of tenderness with Gennaro, one of the twins. Flavio the third child of the couple looks at them happy. Antonella has a more tender relationship with Gennaro who is the most tender of the two.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 12/03/2014. Gennaro, one of the two autistic twins, spends an afternoon in the family poplar grove. The boy clings to the tree and has a stereotype because the open space destabilizes him.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 18/12/2018. The headquarters of the Association La Forza del Silenzio. The Association is housed in a villa confiscated from the Schiavone family, the most influential of the Camorra casertana, and takes care of about 80 autistic boys.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 18/06/2013. Gennaro, one of the autistic twins, is lying on the couch in his house while he has a moment of closure. During his moments of crisis he is caught by the stereotype of putting his finger in his eye. The twins, if not involved in activities, are lazy and tend to spend many hours on the couch.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 09/07/2013. Gennaro and Maurizio,at home, go to their attic where they often spend time.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 28/06/2013. Maurizio, the most oppositive and hard of the twins, has just woken up and his father tries to wash him. Maurizio is the most nervous of twins and is often opposed to family activities, this is a great effort for parents that can take hours to carry out him an activity.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 25/10/2013. Antonella, the mother of the twins, dresses Gennaro before leaving the house to go shopping in a supermarket. The parents of the twins have to provide for their many needs, even elementary, despite their age and this commits a lot of their time. Not only that, the provision of their children is also their greatest concern for the future of the twins because Enzo and Antonella think about when they will no longer be there, who will be able to care for their children.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 28/06/2013. Gennaro and Maurizio, the two autistic twins, while having breakfast in the morning by themselves. Maurizio, the most arrogant of the two, steals the glass of water from his brother Gennaro. The fact that the twins are able to have breakfast alone is a great result recently achieved with occupational therapy.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 20/05/2013. Gennaro, one of the two autistic twins, has a moment of panic that immobilizes him in the garden of his house. The boy always has a crisis when he is at that point of the house because he fell from the window as a child and ended up in that place. The memory always creates panic.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 16/07/2014. Gennaro and Maurizio in the car seated behind with their younger brother Flavio, during a family outing. The younger brother has always had a good relationship with the autistic siblings thanks to the education that his parents gave him regarding disability.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 05/09/2018. The portrait of Maurizio, one of the autistic twins, has a more rebellious and surly character. He is often covered by nervous crises that can last even hours and lead to self-harm. To get this portrait I involved the boy to my attention calling him to the camera and spending many hours together to get an image that depicts his personality.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 05/09/2018. The portrait of Gennaro, one of the autistic twins, has a milder and more sociable character. To get this portrait I involved the boy to my attention calling him to the camera and spending many hours together to get an image that depicts his personality.
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Italy, Lusciano (CE), 31/01/2015. Gennaro and Maurizio at their paternal grandparents' house have a closing moment near their grandfather's tractor. These moments in autistic children are sudden and unpredictable and can be caused by several causes.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 20/05/2013. Antonella, the mother of the autistic twins, together with her younger brother Flavio tries to teach Gennaro riding a bike. The parents of the twins are always active in trying to make life as normal as possible for their autistic children by involving their young son Flavio.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 21/02/2013. Gennaro, one of the autistic twins, while spitting on the ground of the house. Spitting is one of Gennaro's stereotypes that come to him in times of frustration and nervousness.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 07/05/2013. Enzo, the father of autistic twins, tries to contain a nervous crisis of Maurizio. Often the boy has these crises that can lead him to self harm or to the destruction of objects at home. The crises can last even a few hours and sometimes the father is forced to contain him physically so that he does not get hurt. Enzo is more involved than his wife Antonella in these physicalities with their children, because the mother of the boys suffers in seeing these crises of their children.
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE) 21/02/2013. The Gennaro’s therapist tries to teach him how to write. Occupational therapy is essential for children to try to make them live a life as normal as possible.
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Italy, Casapesenna (CE), 30/05/2013. Maurizio, one of the autistic twins, at school has a moment of nervousness and frustration. It is not always possible to understand why a behavior of the autistic boys, it is difficult to understand their problems and their frustrations because they do not speak and can not express their problems. It is difficult for those who take care of them, so help them and take care of them properly.
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Italy, Licola (NA), 24/07/2014. Gennaro and Maurizio during the summer camp of the Association La Forza del Silenzio. During the summer, the Association organizes the summer camp for all the autistic boys and takes care of taking them to the swimming pool and organizing games that can keep them entertained and spend some beautiful summer days supporting families in the management of their children.
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Italy, Licola (NA), 01/08/2013. Maurizio, during the summer camp of the Association La Forza del Silenzio, has a moment of frustration that unleashes on a plant. It is not always possible to understand why a behavior of the autistic boys, it is difficult to understand their problems and their frustrations because they do not speak and can not express their problems. It is difficult for those who take care of them, so help them and take care of them properly. During the summer, the Association organizes the summer camp for all the autistic boys who take care of taking them to the swimming pool and organizing games that can keep them entertained and spend some beautiful summer days and thus support the families of the boys in the management of their children .
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Italy, Licola (NA), 01/08/2013. Gennaro, one of the two autistic twins, swims during the summer camp of the Association La Forza del Silenzio. Gennaro loves contact with water. During the summer, the Association organizes the summer camp for all the autistic boys who take care of taking them to the swimming pool and organizing games that can keep them entertained and spend some beautiful summer days and thus support the families of the boys in the management of their children .
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Italy, Casal di Principe (CE), 05/06/2015. Gennaro and Maurizio, two autistic twins, inside the Association La Forza del Silenzio, celebrate their 18 years with a cake together with the other autistic boys of the Association. The Association is housed in a villa confiscated from the Schiavone family, the most influential of the Camorra in Caserta, and takes care of about 80 autistic boys.
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Italy, Succivo (CE), 16/07/14. Gennaro and Maurizio in Borgo Teverolaccio, an ancient village, while they walk with their parents and the younger brother. The parents of the boys try to always to keep the boys out from home because the twins tend to be lazy. By committing them, they encourage them to have a life as normal as possible.