- Title: CF758
02:09:59 - 02:12:10
Italy, Apulia, 1950s. CU of church tower in background, people stood on roof of white building. Pan down and across, women sat working at long table, shelling almonds, CU women’s faces singing together. Narrator “Apulia is a sad life.. like the rest of southern Italy it has very little work… its people live in poverty”. Men walk along rural path way, man at front playing accordion, men follow behind carrying work tools (harvest time, looking for work), dark clouds fill camera. Solemn, struggle, dark times.
02:12:10 - 02:13:09
Roman Fort Horus (God of the sky) in Italian village, CU of Horus statue. Women collect water with buckets from well, women dressed in black, hair covered. Woman pours bucket of water onto grass, watering. Crowd of people, young and old stand in line, clapping as government officials walk past. Official walks up to tap and collects a cup of water. Celebration of extension of aqueduct. Horse drinks from lake, man puts head under tap.
02:13:09 - 02:17:36
Dry, dehydrated river. V/O: “for ten months of the year crops wither and die, for two months in the rainy season they fill up with plunging waters that burst from their banks. River full of water, CU of sign “TORRENTE SANNORE”, “TORRENTE CERVARO”. Men building up river embankment, digging soil, transporting up ladders to river embankment, building water drainage system. White buildings, village in background. Men building homes. Woman and man planting crops in garden, CU of woman filling bucket from garden tap, CU of marsh. Clear sky, white clouds roll over village, prosperity, hope, rejuvenation. CU of bell ringing, typical Italian ally way, houses either side, whitewashed. Man walks out from door, carrying tools, other men joining him on the way. Priest and clergy men walk under archway, carrying statue of Jesus, crowds of people follow. Nice shot, framed by archway priest and followers walk past large church building. Crowd of people and priest walk over hill, CU statue of Jesus, towards marsh land. Crowd stood along marsh land CU of men and woman ‘crossing themselves’ (making the sign of the holy cross on body). Priest reads from bible towards marshland. Religious ritual, asking god to keep marshland under control.
02:17:36 - 02:19:51
Farmers sowing seeds onto ground, fields in background. CU of cloudy sky, rain falling, men and women sheltering in street from down pour. Narrator; “with the heavy rains the salvaged have become, again, salt marsh… But today help is coming for the village of Apulia”. Line of men stand in field greeting tractors and machines, work begins.
- Keywords:ITALY, FOREIGN AID, US AID, MARSHALL PLAN, POST WW2 RECONSTRUCTION, INDUSTRY, AGRICULTURE, DOCUMENTARY, RELIGION, RELIGIOUS BLESSING
- Master Title:CF758