Gli ultimi cavalieri (The Last Knights)

Title of the film Original title: Gli ultimi cavalieri
English title: The Last Knights
Hungarian title: Az utolsó lovagok

Production and shooting info Country of the production: Italy - it
Year of production: 2005
Year of shooting: 2005
Length of the film: 52 min
Colouring: colour
Standard format: DVCAM
Recording format: DVCAM
Original language: Italian
Language of subtitle: English

Description of the content In the Strait of Messina the sword fish hunters pursue their preys with a harpoon. This fascinating fishing technique dates back to the Phoenicians times and today it hardly survive in that strip of sea between Calabria and Sicily. Some strange boats are used to hunt the sword fish: with a very high mast and a long gangway overhanging from the bow, they seem to defy the laws of physics. Some sequences aims to reconstruct the hunt in the 50s, when the sword fish was sighted from the coast and pursued in a rowing-boat. The human protagonists of this documentary are two crews: the first coming from Sicily and the second from Calabria. No prey escapes the Sicilian crew. On the contrary, the Calabrian one is not so lucky and no fish is hunted for several days. This will seriously endanger the family incomes. This particular fishing tradition doesn’t endangered the environment and the species, as well as a predator fish cannot cause the extinction of its preys.

Credits Made by: Marco Leopardi
Expert: Nino Donato
Producer: Diego D'Innocenzo

Company / Institution Production: Terra s.r.l.
Distributor: Terra s.r.l.

Ethnicity and locality Etnic group: Italian
Continent: South Europe
Country: Italy - it
 (City, village, region, mountains, etc.): Sicily

Tipology Type: non-fiction film
Form: documentary film

Related sciences

Keyword: craft, trade

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