SD CINEMATOGRAFICA was formed in 1961 as a production company. Since its founding, the company has produced Films, Variety Programmes, and Science and Cultural documentaries for the Italian public broadcaster RAI and other leading international television companies. In recent years the company has focused on wildlife, Science and History documentaries with such success that it now counts National Geographic Channels, Discovery Channels, TF1, ARTE, NHK, TSR, ARD/BR, PBS and ZDF, as well as RAI and Mediaset, among its clients. Many SD documentaries have won major international prizes at the world’s leading festivals, including Academy Award, Emmy and Banff nominations. Today SD Cinematografica has over 800 hours of programming to its name. [abs]
VeniceFilm for SD Cinematografica
The story of the tragedy of the Vajont throught the eyes of the direct responsibles. From the dike's conception to the trial's verdict, we reconstruct how we came to the most serious Italian tragedy after the end of the Second World War and how the population of Longarone, Erto and Casso managed to rise up again and demand justice for almost 2000 deaths. For the very first time in a documentary film, we follow the investigation during the trial, we listen to the depositions of the persons under investigation, and we study the unpublished documents from the State Archives of Belluno.
"Can all this may possible?" and "Who is responsible for this?": this are the questions asked by some of the survivors, still unable to believe to what happened to their lives.
The documentary by Nicola Pittarello recalls the Vajont files with no fictional purposes, but with the aim to ask questions and verify the story recounted since now.
Was the SADE, the electric society of the Adriatic, the main responsible for what happened? What was the role if the Italian Goverment in this story? Which were the answers the public institutions gave after what happened? Could the director of SADE, Alberico Biadene, foresee the tragic event? Did man, in the sake of pursuing progress and development, exceed in ambition?