Former Economist editor Bill Emmott and filmmaker Annalisa Piras explore Italy’s political, economic and social decline over the past 20 years, the product of a moral collapse unmatched anywhere else in the West.

Emmott’s quest to understand both Mala Italia and Buona Italia includes interviews with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco, film director Nanni Moretti, women’s rights activist Lorella Zanardo, FIAT’s outspoken Canadian-Italian CEO Sergio Marchionne, the author of Gomorrah Roberto Saviano and many others.

Stripping away the cliches, Girfriend in a Coma reveals an Italy that few want to recognise, but many want to heal.

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