The Brave Ones of Sardinia

The Italian island of Sardinia is famed for its natural beauty, known for its beautiful coasts and its fertile soil. For centuries it was the preserve of shepherds and fisherman able to draw from the natural resources of the land. In the 1960s Aga Khan saw the potential for a vibrant tourism industry for the island, leading to the ultra-rich and the famous spending the swinging sixties on the second biggest island in the Mediterranean.

Sadly, the image of the island as an idyllic embodiment of the natural world has been radically diminished by the political power of the petro-chemical industry and the shadow industry of the military testing that has been allowed since the end of the Second World War.

Stephen Hill talked to documentary-maker Lisa Camillo whose film (Balentes) “The Brave Ones” is screening at the Italian Film Festival.


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