Bitter Summer

Millions of Italians struck by the economy crisis and by various degrees of poverty seek a cheap way to spend their summer holidays. This story documents what happens in Bari, one of the major cities of the country's South, where in the "Canalone" seafront thousands of people gather to take advantage of a free beach strip. During the hot season this huge drainage canal becomes densely crowded by locals, who settle there for several days and night, bringing self made facilities, food and drinks and prepare for a long stay. This improvised beach-front community rapidly intertwine personal relationships, kids play together, supplies are mutually offered and stories shared. These include family pains and troubles, discussions about the government, football, prison, drugs, money, love and other various issues. In this hot summer, people put together their little and bitter happiness and the recurring dream to be elsewhere.