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Federica, Elena and Carlotta talk about the Lambro river

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Telling the Lambro, or rather, listening first to those who live along its banks and have seen it polluted year after year for decades, and then bring back their voice, together with the images, in a documentary that is a long journey, to remember, but also to inform and to change things, all together. Federica Orru is Elena Maggioni, authors and directors, with Carlotta Marrucci, editor, (Casba Film) have done it, under the "always green" push of Legambiente and thus created "Ciar cum'è acqua del Lamber" developed as part of the River Contract for Lambro, promoted by the Lombardy Region, thanks to the support of the Cariplo Foundation and the companies that manage the water cycle in Brianza and in the Milanese area: BrianzAcque, Tasm, Amiacque, Cap Holding.

1) What does your documentary tell?

"Ciar cum is the water of Lamber" (in Lombard dialect, "Clear as the water of the Lambro") tells the story of a river, its territory and its people. A river that unfortunately is known almost only for being one of the most polluted in Italy. In reality it is a river rich in history, because it flows along 130 km of the Lombard territory, crosses meadows, valleys, villages and large cities, and for this reason it is a river with many things to tell. When Legambiente proposed us to make this documentary
we were immediately fascinated by the idea of ​​a journey to discover a little-known and little-known reality in its history and value, and for this reason abandoned and defaced, despite its waters and its stories flowing alongside many people.

2) How long did it take you to shoot it and how did you work?
The making of the documentary lasted a year and a half. We wanted to know the river and its lands, so we traveled along its course with different means: by car, by bike, on foot, by boat, by canoe, by paragliding ... We met many people and visited many countries, because we wanted to tell the peculiarities of the different sections of the river. We wanted to give the viewer the idea of ​​a journey that would make the river known in a different way, up close and even from inside, as it is often not experienced by people.

3) When was the idea for the documentary born? Is there a connection with the Lombarda Petroli spill?

The project to make a documentary was born shortly before the hydrocarbon spill which took place on February 22, 2010, it should in fact be emphasized that the river was already in poor condition even before the ecological disaster of Villasanta. For this reason, without being able to foresee the disaster that then occurred, there was a need to create a tool - the documentary - that would amplify a message of awareness towards the protection of the river, addressed to citizens and institutions. When the spill happened, the documentary became more and more urgent and necessary.

4) What did you know about the Lambro disaster before making the documentary?

Two of us spent their childhood in the territory of the river, the third lives near the stretch that passes in the south-west of Milan, but, despite this, we were the first to know a Lambro river that we did not suspect, for better or for worse. bad.
We have seen and documented places of unexpected beauty and still uncontaminated, unknown to most people and therefore little used, and unfortunately also extremely disfigured places: illegal discharges, river corners used as dumps and other signs of the incivility of the a man who first exploited and polluted him, and finally hid him as an uncomfortable presence.

5) What did you discover by talking to the people who live next to us?

Speaking with the people who live in the territory of the river, we discovered that the Lambro in the past was considered a fundamental resource: it was used in production activities (agriculture, crafts and then industry) and domestic, but also experienced as place of meeting and leisure in free time. We fishing, bathing, picnics, women chatted about the facts of the country while washing their clothes ... The generations who have known the clean river have told us of a great attachment to the time spent along its banks, and to have experienced its sudden and increasingly serious disfigurement as a serious loss, mainly due to both industrial and domestic pollution.
It was very sad for them to see the river transformed from a collective resource to an open sewer, a landfill that, precisely because of its being increasingly polluted and cemented, has been abandoned, forgotten, removed from the public eye over the years
public. But the people we met seem to have never lost hope of saving the river: associations and individual citizens, environmentalists and fishermen, canoeists and scholars, artists and simple nature lovers who have sought, each in their own way, in these years of contribute to making known the value of the river to protect it.
In this regard, another aspect that struck us in reconstructing the history of the river is the fact that it was the common people who were indignant at the first heavy pollution of the river, in the 1970s, and asked the institutions to intervene.

6) What has changed in your opinion after the disaster in people's lives?

The people we met, already worried before about the fate of what their river feels, expressed all their indignation at the umpteenth blow inflicted on the Lambro and its territory. The spill, a very serious event from an ecological point of view, had at least one merit: it rekindled attention on the Lambro river. Since the process is still ongoing, we have in fact chosen to tell the media aspect of the story. Unfortunately, the Lambro is only spoken of in the event of emergencies such as floods or environmental disasters, it is true that the ecological consequences of the spill were serious, but the river has been silently polluted throughout the year for decades, yet this is not spoken of with due attention.

7) What reactions do you hope to arouse your documentary?

We hope that the documentary will make people understand that even today the Lambro and its territory are a precious resource to be protected: both because pollution contaminates, in addition to the river, the surrounding territory and therefore the aquifers, lakes and seas, therefore it puts collective health at risk; and because living in a natural environment and spending your free time there improves the quality of life.

LOOK: the photographs of Federica, Elena and Carlotta at work on the banks of the Lambro.

The video of "CIAR CUME’ L’ACQUA DEL LAMBER ", the documentary produced by LEGAMBIENTE on the Lambro River by CASBA FILM.

LOOK: the photographs of Federica, Elena and Carlotta at work on the banks of the Lambro.


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