A rare Marsican bear family wanders down from the Italian Apennines to the charming village of Villalago, in search of food from the local orchards. For most people this would be a cause for concern, but for the residents of Villalago it is a rather different situation.
The film tells the story of the determination of one woman to understand these bears, and gives an important lesson on the fragility of our connection with nature.
Biography of the author- Mattia Cialoni
I was born and grew up in the province of Ancona, in Italy. In 2014 I moved to the UK and I have lived in Bristol since 2015, working as an intensive care nurse. In 2019 I commenced the MA in Wildlife Filmmaking at the University of West England in Bristol, in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit, where I produced a short film: “My Neighbour is a Bear”. The documentary, filmed in the heart of the Italian Apennines, explores the special coexistence between people and the rarest bear on earth. Storytelling has a great ability to influence and inspire people, and this is my ultimate goal.