Marghè = shepherds in Piedmont’s dialect
This is the story of a shepherd's Italian northwestern family based in Val di Susa, here since generations, they breed different animals to produce their special cheese.
Their long lasting traditional production has been lately threatened by a massive change in their working environment: the construction of a new 235 Km high-speed railway line between Italy and France, more precisely between Torino and Lion. This new and fastest railway, together with the existing standard speed rail, will widely increase numbers of both passengers and goods moving between the two European countries. This modern engineering project has been positively welcomed from both governments, however, a massive protest movement, better known as "NO - TAV" (named for the Italian initials for high-speed train) has raged against its construction. The protesters worry that the tunnel will unleash a host of environmental consequences as it cuts through underground waterways, uncovers deep veins of uranium and asbestos, and fills the valley air with dust, sickening the young and old.
For a couple of weeks I have lived with a shepherds family for the sake of documenting their endangered hard work and strictly traditional way of life.