Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Sep 29 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Sustainable Tourism Film Series
Documentary Feature
Release Year:2012
Run Time:61 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English, Italian
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sharon Boeckle
Krista Lee Weller


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the final film in its four-week Sustainable Tourism Film Series. “Vendemmia” will show on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre at 4 p.m. The screening will be followed by a LIVE Q&A discussion with the film’s directors who will be in Sedona to host the screening personally.

“Vendemmia” documents the efforts to balance environmental sustainability in the Cinque Terre of Italy amid ever-rising tourism.

In today’s modern world, when most everything is done with the touch of a button, an idyllic winemaking region on the coast of northern Italy called the Cinque Terre still makes wine by hand, as their ancestors have done for over 1000 years. But with fewer than 20 aging producers of the Cinque Terre’s rare, prized Sciacchetrà wine still in operation, and opportunities to make fast, easy money newly available to a population with a legacy of hardship and poverty, the citizens of the area needed a savior. In 1999, the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre was established in an effort to save this dying world.

The documentary film “Vendemmia” tells the story of the Cinque Terre through the eyes of some of its extraordinary residents – among them 32-year-old Heydi Bonanini, a new generation winemaker using the ancient techniques and traditions of his ancestors in the fight to preserve his culture.

The film also explores the sometimes-radical measures taken by the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre to create sustainable solutions for the preservation and restoration of the Cinque Terre – and its efforts to teach the younger generation that their culture is worth saving. Fraught with recent controversy and political upheaval, and with tourism rising at an alarming rate, the future of the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre – and the Cinque Terre itself – is, at best, uncertain. Can this culture be saved?

The screening of “Vendemmia” will be followed by a live Q&A discussion with the film’s co-directors Sharon Boeckle and Krista Lee Weller who will be in Sedona to host this special wrap-up to the Sustainable Tourism Film Series.