The Land of Fires

Italy | 2014 | 52 min | Documentary
Directors: Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino | Producer: Press TV
Original Language: Italian | Subtitles:English

(Selected for Screening in Brazil)

Synopsis: This documentary reveals the scandal of chemical and nuclear waste disposal in Italy, which involves organized crime and of course the Mafia. Natural beauty, fertile lands and good food, this the description of the southern regions of Italy, a piece of heaven on Earth which the Ancient Romans used to call “Campania felix” meaning happy Campania, because of the land’s extraordinary fertility which was capable of producing four harvests a year. But now that land is barren and is named: the land of fires. This horrific descent to hell has happened because for decades, parts of Campania have been used for illegal dumping, burning and disposal of toxic and radioactive waste under the management of the local mafia, the Camorra.the mafia received toxic waste from northern Italy and buried it or burned it in their private fiefdom. At its height, the business made at least €1.25 million a month. But this
lucrative business has had disastrous effects on the environment and worse still on the public’s