Milano   9/4/2002 - 14/4/2002

Spazio Oberdan - viale Vittorio Veneto, 2

Why Antarctica?

  1. Director: Teodoro Mercuri
  2. Scientific Advisor: Angelo Camerlenghi, Maurizio Parotto, Francesco Salvini, Franco Talarico
  3. Editor: Enzo Valente
  4. Music: Vincenzo Ricca
  5. Production: CNR-IRPI Reparto di Cinematografia Scientifica
  6. Italy
  7. 26 min.
  8. 2001

The first phases of the exploration of the Antarctic continent involved many heroic protagonists of various nations who pursued with great effort and varying fortunes, the achievement of a number of goals, not only of exploration but also of ideals. In Antarctica each expedition used and continues to use the best that technology has to offer, but that extreme environment has always demanded long trials and a series of failures before new materials and new machines could be said to have acquired a reasonable amount of reliability.
The continent of Antarctica, so far away and so hostile, so different from all the other land surfaces, appeared then and continues to appear now as an unknown world with features bordering on the superhuman.
The documentary explores this territory, which under many aspects is still foreign to us, discovered only in the last century, lingering at the extremes of our planet. Which mysteries, which kind of life, what sort of reply to the environmental problems of our world can be sought in such a remote place? The video transmits the enchantment of this wonderful environment, spotlighting how today this constitutes a unique natural laboratory to be protected and preserved for future generations.

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