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Snakes and people of the Val Grande - Unexpected travel companions

It may sound strange, but for centuries humans helped out snakes. The gradual settlement of the Alps for livestock grazing created clearings, meadows, and pastures. This slow transformation of the landscape diversified natural habitats and created favourable conditions for numerous species, with some quite surprising relationships.

  • Marco Tessaro
  • Marco Tessaro
  • Val Grande National Park
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Serpenti e uomini della val Grande - Insospettabili compagni di viaggio
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    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2021
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Director Biography - Marco Tessaro

I graduated in 1995 from the University of Milan with a degree in historical and international political science, and I have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from the Political Science Faculty of the University of Milan. Since 2000, I have been working with natural parks, nature conservation organizations, and other institutions such as regional and provincial administrations and museums on environmental communication and analysis projects. In recent years, my work has involved producing documentary videos with a focus on local environmental issues, including from a historical perspective, wilderness, biodiversity protection, degrowth, and local history. Videos I produced include “Wilderness e Biodiversità nel Parco Nazionale Val Grande” (Giovani al Sondrio Festival 2007 Award). “Marcita Landscapes” (Paesaggi di Marcita) 2017- “Roadkill the overlooked slaughter (Roadkill – La strage ignorata) 2019; “L’equilibrio” (Balance) 2015; “Vive solo chi si muove!” (Moving to live!) 2016, “L’acqua racconta” (Water tells a story) 2016, “Terre di Mezzo - Val Grande” (Middle lands – Val Grande) 2015. These videos have been shown at numerous international film festivals where they received prestigious awards.
For more information, see www.marcotessaro.it

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