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This documentary explores the damages of illegal toxic waste dumping to the environment and people’s health in Southern Italy.
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WOW! We flew passed our goal and in only 3 days! We are completely blown away and very, very thankful by the generosity of those who donated! Thanks to each one of you for believing in this film and helping us taking it to the next level!

We still have more than 60 days ahead of us to complete our campaign and we would like to set a new goal! We initially aimed low as we underestimated the power of Kickstarter. Now, we would like to raise the goal to $4,000. The extra money will be used to take our film beyond the United States and reach film festivals in Europe and elsewhere. We will also use the extra money for other marketing and publicity expenses, including digital distribution on iTunes and to reach other non-profit organizations and universities that are interested in the content of our film.

Again, thanks to everyone who has already joined our team! Let's keep it going!!!

-Ivana & Matt

ABOUT OUR FILM:

For nearly two decades, Campania, the southern region of Italy where Naples is located, has witnessed an ongoing practice of illegal toxic material dumping in rural and inhabited areas. The management of waste material in the region has been in the hands of the Camorra – a mafia organization with vast economic and political power. This practice has taken place mostly in the provinces of Naples and Caserta and in particular in an area nicknamed “The Triangle of Death.” This area includes the towns of Acerra, Nola and Marigliano, located about 20 miles northeast of Naples, Italy. The material that is illegally deposited in this region comes mostly from industries in Northern Italy. The waste material, including aluminum salts, ammonium salts, lead, acid sludge, contaminated oil, rubber from tires, and asbestos, is unlawfully incinerated. As a result, high levels of dioxin are released in the atmosphere. The types of cancer reported, ranging from stomach, breast, and colon to lung cancer, are connected to highly contaminated environments. In the region, a total of 5,200 illegal trash sites have been found.

The film documents the personal stories of Mario Cannavacciuolo and his son Alessandro, and Bruna Gambardella – all of them living in the Triangle of Death. Mario has experienced the loss of his sheep herd – 3,000 sheep that died due to exposure to toxic substances. His son Alessandro, the youngest child in the family, has witnessed the collapse of the family business and the loss of a family member who suddenly died of lung cancer. Bruna had recently developed several health issues. In particular, she was diagnosed with endometriosis and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Her body contains a high amount of polychlorinated biphenyls – the same toxic substances that were found in the soil near where she lives. The journey through this once fertile territory continues as Gennaro Esposito, a medical doctor and environmental activist, leads us to several areas that have suffered from the illegal activities of the Camorra. The scars to the environment become obvious at the sight of piles of trash left abandoned or sometimes burned in the countryside.

Campania In-Felix (Unhappy Country) is not just a story about environmental issues that relate to just a specific geographical area in Southern Italy. Through the personal stories of Mario, Alessandro and Bruna, this documentary reveals the broken emotional and cultural balance between the people from the Campania region and their land. The film holds a universal message about the way humans interact with their environment and why this connection is so important today as the social and cultural paradigms are shifting.

To see more information on the film as well as more trailers please visit the Unhappy Country website. 

To view more images from Matt's photo project, which will be available as Rewards for donating, please visit the Unhappy Country Photo Project. See below for sample images from the project as well.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:

We are almost there. After more than two years, we have finished pre-production, spent months filming on location in Campania, and have just completed post-production. Now we need to get the film into the public eye. To do that we need to enter film festivals. That's where you come in. 

If we meet our goal, we will use your contributions to do the following:

- Pay for film festival entry fees.

- Pay for distribution supplies (DVDs, posters, shipping, etc.)

- We would like to give more money to our awesome film composer Ryan Connor.

- Transportation to film festivals (if available)

Any contribution will help to get this film out there. If you are unable to give money that is OK. You can still help by sharing this project with you friends, parents, colleagues, and social networks.

Thanks so much!!!

Matt & Ivana

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