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"Matera is an extraordinay lesson for humanity: to return to our traditions, to our roots" - SENTIERI SELVAGGI
PLOT: The film recounts the rebirth of Matera, from its origins as “Mathera” to today as the 2019 European Capital of Culture.

Over centuries, two distinctive neighborhoods were created, the Sasso Caveoso and the Sasso Barisano, consisting of a patchwork of homes dug out of grottos — some burrowed dozens of feet within the earth — and finished off with tufa brick facades.The cave homes, clustered on top of each other, were inhabited by peasant families and their livestock

Once a shameful symbol of Italy's postwar poverty, it was forcibly depopulated in the 1950s (in all, about 30,000 people were relocated). In 1993, , the Sassi were inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List as "the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem.“

Today, Matera is one of the most desired and unique tourist destinations in Italy.

YEAR: 2019
LENGTH: 90 min.
GENRE: Documentary
RATING: USA: no rating

TIMES: Indianapolis: April 6, 1:00 p.m.
  Cleveland: April 9, 7:00 p.m.
  Phoenix: April 13, 10:30 a.m.
  Portland: April 26, 6:00 p.m.
  St. Louis: April 28, 2:00 p.m.

  Please note, while the trailer may not include subtitles, the film will be screened with English subtitles.


Francesco Invernizzi was born in Milano.  In 2011, he and Aline Bardella founded the production company Magnitudo Film, which has recently produced numerous art films in 3D, such asFirenze e gli Uffizi.

Regarding Mathera, Invernizzi stated:  “Rarely do films deal with cities as described by those who built it and who live there it.  In Mathera, we wanted to tell a story using the voices and the faces of the past and present, and imiaging those of the future. The story of a city that was as severlly criticized in the past as it is now the pride of the Italy and Europe. Recording this in a film project, we hope that it will become an authoritative document for generations to come."

DISTRIBUTOR: Magnitudo Film, Milano