The Apuan Alps, known throughout the world for the marble extracted from them, are being violated and destroyed as never before. Every year over one million cubic metres of mountain disappear. To combat the strong competition of the developing countries, an indiscriminate use of increasingly aggressive and unrestrained technology and working methods are adopted. If we add this to the growing business of calcium carbonate, the destructive picture assumes catastrophic dimensions. The mountains disappear, jobs disappear and above all the place of memory disappear.
Alberto Grossi is an expert on the events, customs and environment of the Apuan Alps. The documentaries he produces afford an interpretation of local stories and traditions, and describe the places and people of a small, yet unique world in a manner that forces the audience to reflect upon major universal issues. In 1998 he won the Carrara Festival in the special session dedicated to work in the Apuan caves with his documentary Extollunt Marmora Lunam. His works include Nuvolare (2000) and Aqua frigida (2002).