In today’s modern world, when nearly everything is done with the touch of a button, the residents of Italy’s picturesque Cinque Terre still make wine by hand, as their ancestors have done for over 1,000 years. They also welcome three million tourists annually into their homes, something their ancestors would have never foreseen. As the demand for local agriculture declines and is replaced by the tourists' need for hotels and restaurants, a modern-day fight for sustainable tourism begins to rise.
In 2010, two filmmakers set out on a three-year journey to document this struggle. The result was the feature film VENDEMMIA, which explores the controversial steps taken by the Cinque Terre National Park in the 1990’s and early millennium to craft a sustainable economic system which could benefit both tourist and resident alike.
But two weeks after filming wrapped, a shocking political upheaval put an end to nearly all the park's efforts. Only months after that, a massive natural disaster all but destroyed two of the five villages. In the years that have followed these two watershed events, this UNESCO World Heritage site has seen a tourism swell like no other, and once again the cultural and ecological balance of this fragile area of Italy seems in jeopardy.
Today, VENDEMMIA is a film which provides an often eerie glimpse into the turning point for the Cinque Terre — before the political upheaval, before the flood, before the swell of tourism became nearly untenable. Interviews with key players, included both in the film and in the newly extended version of the documentary package, harken to a warning from only a few years ago and still ask the essential question: Is it possible to preserve the future of the Cinque Terre without sacrificing the past?
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