A man on the run saves himself from the uniformed enemies. But something is broken in his backpack...
erman uniforms in the distance along the trail: for the smuggler Gino there is only one hope. To avoid being caught he must rely on his legs and run away. The fear turns to panic that clouds the mind; to find a hideout seems difficult. Suddenly a hint, a signal, maybe the rescue. Indeed, unexpected help comes from Raphael, a French smuggler who had noticed the approaching German soldiers before Gino did.
Hidden behind a big rock he invites Gino to join him. The steps of the Germans come closer and closer, but finally they disappear and the two smugglers dare to return to the trail. Danger being over, their souls are lighter. Even the inconvenience of having lost part of the load becomes an occasion to celebrate…
RaphaelWith a light step on the trail and in life, the French smuggler is always ready to lend a hand even if risking his own life.
GinoBeing a smuggler for years Gino knows the net of trails to elude controls, but in the years of the war this “game” has become much riskier.
During the war and in particular in the years between 1943 and 1945, rationing and the lack of the most basic goods drove many men on the path of smuggling. It was also the period in which it was the most dangerous to be a smuggler.
During the period of the Resistance the danger was represented not only by the French gendarmes, the Germans and the Fascists, but also by the partisans who, concentrated in the upper valley and often deprived of any food, stopped the smugglers on their trips and requisitioned the food among their loads. But very much sadder was the fate of those who fell into the Germans’ hands and were deported to Germany.
Ottonelli Elisabetta – Il Contrabbando – Storie di contrabbando per i colli di Viso – Comunità Montana Valli del Monviso – Progetto Alcotra Vis’Oc
Ottonelli Elisabetta – Les contrebandiers – Histoires de contrebande entre Queyras et vallées du Viso – L’ Office de Tourisme du Queyras – Projet Alcotra Vis’Oc