Silvestro has worked in the mine since he was 23 years old, he is the son of a miner, the son of the mine, he makes love with the mountain. Now he is 67 years old.
Manlio, at 40 years of age, left teaching to go and work in the mine, but to know himself and this new world, he has to take on the most infamous job: the time-keeper. He is now 88 years old.
The paths of these two men, different but parallel, meet in 1992 when they barricade themselves in for months in the San Giovanni mine, laying explosives across the opening, to prevent the closure of the mine and the desertification of the territory.
Now that the mines are closed and the feared desertification advances, Manlio and Silvestro want to send us this message.
The Upside Down
Original title “Il Sottosopra”
Direction: Gianluca Stazi, Giuseppe Casu
Script: Gianluca Stazi, Giuseppe Casu
Sound: Gianluca Stazi
Editing: Gianluca Stazi
Commissioning editor: Daria Corrias, Fabiana Carobolante for Tre Soldi – Radio3 Rai
Producing organisation: Tratti Documentari
Coproducing organisation: Rai Radio3
Year of production: 2018
Broadcast date: 30/4/2018
Original language: Italian
Running time: 44’ 44’’