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by Andrea Segre


Kazakhstan today is enjoying a boom not unlike that of post-war Italy. Growth stands at 6%, driven mainly by the exploitation of oil and gas reserves, in which Italy’s energy conglomerate ENI is a key player. Traveling between Aktau and Astana, from the oil-rich steppes to the hyper-modern new capital, the film gives a voice to farmers, shepherds and young women whose lives have been turned upside down by the arrival of the big multinationals. Images of the Eurasian steppes and the immense spaces of the post-Soviet landscape intertwine with footage from 1960s Italy, taken from both the ENI archive and the personal collection of the director’s parents, who were young boomers during the Italian economic miracle of those years.

international title: Dreams of the Salt Lake
original title: I sogni del lago salato
country: Italy
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Andrea Segre
film run: 72'
cinematography by: Matteo Calore
film editing: Chiara Russo
art director: Simone Falso
music: Sergio Marchesini
production: Ambleto Film, Jolefilm, RAI Cinema
distributor: ZaLab
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