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BREATHING WOOD. Beyond Xylella

Directed by Filippo Bellantoni | Italy 2019 | 73 min | Regional Premiere
Language: Italian with 
English subtitles

Program

 

Documentary | Competition

They have gone through centuries of history, have fed generations of Mediterranean people. In ancient Greece the death penalty was imposed for those who felled an olive tree. In Apulia those who do not cut down the olive trees risk heavy fines, attacks and retaliations. Why is all this happening? Is it because bacterium Xylella? Is their eradication the only solution? And what would be the risks if we lose them? The journalists Elena and Francesca asked scientists and farmers, lawyers and doctors, journalists and teachers.

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The Director

Filippo Bellantoni Journalist, Videomaker. After a Communication degree in Rome (2004) and a year of study in Sweden, at Karlstad University, he worked for 10 years as video reporter in Italian Tv (Roma Uno Tv). He has filmed and directed short movies and short documentaries for italian television. "Breathing Wood. Beyond Xylella" is his first feature film. An independent production, low budget with the aim to show what's going on in Apulia, what's happening to olive trees, to people and to the land after the coming of Xylella bacteria.

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