The Tara is a small river on the outskirts of Taranto, a town founded 3000 years ago on the Italian shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The river’s waters are much appreciated by the locals, who credit them with magical healing powers. Starting from these idyllic images, the film takes us to a city and land that have been sacrificed in the name of progress. The steel plant just a few kilometres away has claimed many lives and created deep fractures within Taranto’s social fabric. Directors Volker Sattel and Francesca Bertin reject the dynamics of the investigation, instead adopting the form of an open conversation with the people who are struggling daily for the well-being of this territory and its people. (Rebecca De Pas, Visions du Réel)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Tara (2022, doc) - L'artificio (2020, doc short, Bertin) - Il giardino (The Garden, 2018, doc short, Bertin) - La cupola (2016, doc short, Sattel) - Beyond Metabolism (2014, doc short, Sattel, co-directed with Stefanie Gaus) - Unter Kontrolle (Under Control, 2011, doc, Sattel)
Architektur und Gesellschaft | Architecture and Society 2023
Volker Sattel, Francesca Bertin
Germany / Italy 2022
86 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Volker Sattel
Cinematography Volker Sattel
Editing Bettina Blickwede
Sound/Sounddesign Filipp Forberg
Music Tim Elzer
Producer(s) Volker Sattel
FuFi Film
World Sales
Arsenal – Institut für Film- und Videokunst
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Visions du Réel 2022