SanPa on Netflix: Italian documentary on heroin crisis

The first ever Netflix Italian original documentary series, ‘SanPa: Sins of the Savior’, hit the streaming platform on December 30.

The five-episode historical drama is set in the backdrop of the heroin crisis that embroiled the world in the 1970s. It follows the controversial story of Vincenzo Muccioli, a man who took it upon himself to save his fellow Italians who had succumbed to drugs.

Muccioli set up different camps and founded the San Patrignano rehab community. In no time, he came to be regarded as a saviour who people began to worship.

However, tables turned when the government discovered that Muccioli was indeed using illegal techniques to help his victims. Two judicial trials followed and the image, the philanthropist had worked so hard to build, started to dwindle.

The Netflix docuseries explores where Muccioli went right as well as where he went wrong, and is thus named ‘SanPa: Sins of the Savior’.

Its episodes have been titled ‘Birth’, ‘Growth’, ‘Glory’, ‘Decline’, and ‘Fall’.

Presenting both sides of the story, it leaves it to the viewers to decide whether Muccioli did more good than bad or vice versa.

Directed by Cosima Spender, the limited series is rich in history and contains several archival pictures and snippets of interviews.

Here’s the trailer:

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