YES WE CAMP

By Alberto PULIAFITO

IK PRODUZIONI - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2009

Notes from the crater.

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Festival del Documentario d'Abruzzo 2011
Abruzzo Doc
Le voci dell'inchiesta 2011
Un anno dal terremoto in Abruzzo
Piemonte Movie gLocal Film Festival 2011
Panoramica Doc
    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • ITALIAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alberto PULIAFITO
    • Writer(s)
    • Alberto PULIAFITO
    • Producer(s)
    • Fulvio NEBBIA (IK PRODUZIONI)
    • Synopsis
    • On April 6 2009, at 3:32am, L’Aquila, a medieval city 60 miles east of Rome, was struck by a earthquake rated 5.8 on the Richter scale. Most of the historic center of the town collapsed, as well as many smaller, old, surrounding towns. 307 people died. An estimated 63,000 lost their homes.

      Alberto Puliafito, a young journalist and filmmaker from Torino, went to L’Aquila in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy for a visit, but stayed. He ended up chronicling the life of the survivors in this intelligent, informed, and at times moving documentary: Yes We Camp.

      The title is inspired by the slogan adopted by a local citizens group and is an obvious reminder of Obama’s “Yes We Can.” The story unfolds through the voices of ordinary people among the debris of their own homes and in the camps set up by the government’s emergency management agency (Protezione Civile), of politicians, state officials, and volunteers. It details the resilience of survivors, but also their confusion in the absence of a comprehensive plan for reconstruction. It shows the haphazard and arbitrary intervention by government authorities that never rebuilt, but built anew a few dwellings, without consultation with the locals or any thought about zoning. Finally, the documentary shows the protest against the manipulation of the emergency for political reasons, and reveals the limitations to freedom of speech that made any form of independent information impossible. What emerges from the story told in Yes We Camp is the death of a city and a community.
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