Rome is best known for its ancient ruins, its impeccably designed fountains, and the gelato stores dotting its alleys and squares.
In his documentary film "Pezzi," Italian filmmaker and photographer Luca Ferrari documents an unseen side of his hometown. "Pezzi" offers a portrait of Laurentino 38, in Rome’s suburbs, and the violence, drugs, illness and misery that pervades it. In the film, Ferrari zooms in on the lives of a handful of Laurentino 38 inhabitants, including Giuliana, Stefano, Rosi, Bianca, and Lillo.
The film earned him a best documentary film award at the Rome Film Festival in 2012. The photo essay below, which Ferrari produced in parallel to the film, captures Laurentino 38's unglamorous interiors, its dreary skyline, and the anguish in its people’s eyes.
This post originally appeared on HuffPost Italy and has been translated into English.