In aquis fundata
Gianfranco Vianello, Domenico Gorin, Gloria Rogliani, Nino Zane, Massimo Sinibaldi
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A shipwright, a Venetian rowing champion, an underwater workman, a fish merchant and a fisherman: five Venetians keep finding the meaning of this unique city in water. One of the last gondola constructors, Franco Crea, remembers the times when he was fisher and gondolier and the lagoon had space for everyone. Gloria Rogliani tries to keep the venetian rowing tradition alive; the IDRA team restores the city and keeps it on its feet by working on its underwater foundations; all this whilst the Pellestrina and Burano fishers preserve a symbiotic knowledge of the lagoon. They are the keepers of a glorious, millenary tradition that spawned Venice. They resisted to the decline, the depopulation and the morphological modifications of their territory. They maintain a thriving and privileged relationship with water; element that has enabled the city to impose itself as a world power for centuries. Outside of the stereotyped postcard picture, the true, last Venetians are marginal protagonists, nearly invisible.