12 september 2019
14 : 30
Some of the last Italian miners in Frontale (Sondrio, North Italy) get us involved in an intimate and powerful narration of their work experience which, going through the memory of their lives spent underground, finally emerges to the surface with the discovery of a strong personal identity and an unstoppable sense of collective belonging. Years have passed but, although the techniques and working conditions have changed in the bowels of the earth, on the surface the pride of being a miner still survives.
Directed by: Matteo Bontempi, Giacomo Mantovani, Andrea Panni, Pietro Repisti
Production: Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti
Editing: Matteo Bontempi, Giacomo Mantovani, Andrea Panni, Pietro Repisti
Cinematography: Matteo Bontempi, Giacomo Mantovani, Andrea Panni, Pietro Repisti
Running time: 31’
Contacts: Germana Bianco │ email@example.com
While the fragile link between the working conditions in mines in the 1950s and the indifference of modern machineries unravels on the screen, the abused stereotype of the miner with pickaxes and lanterns is deconstructed. The documentary, digging into memories and historical documents, and bringing us physically into the depths of the galleries, proves to be a precious and rare evidence of one of the few mines still operative in Italy.