This Land Is My Land

A journey into the deep South of Italy's Puglia, elected by the New York Times the most beautiful region on earth. This place is now menaced by an advancing groove killer disease, the Xylella Fastidiosa, ravaging the olives trees, inflicting painful wounds to the territory. A plague that only comes last in a long list of abuses made to the land, weakened and impoverished by the massive use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers to boost olive oil productivity. What is at risk is an entire rural world with its unique heritage of traditions, eaten up by modern efficiency. While investigating about the killer disease, we focused on the rural memory of Puglia, getting closer with people, peasants, and farmers who are struggling to survive through this ordeal, in what has been their life and their land for many centuries.

 

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JEAN-MARC CAIMI | VALENTINA PICCINNI