From: Witness

Return to L’Aquila: Broken Promises

We return to the survivors of the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake to see how they are rebuilding their lives.

Filmmaker: Stefano Strocchi

In April 2009, central Italy was hit by a severe earthquake causing the destruction of the city of L’Aquila.

Sixty-thousand citizens lost their homes and were relocated to tent camps. The Italian government launched a shelter programme and promised a fast rebuilding programme.

Two Witness films were made about those living in the emergency camps, and then as they left the camps to rebuild their lives: From Zero – Ask the Dust and From Zero – Next Moves.

Now almost two years on and L’Aquila has faded from the news, as has the ‘fast rebuilding plan’. The city is a ghost town, the Civil Guard has left, handing all the problems back to the mayor – there is no structure, no finance and a shattered community.

This film returns to the characters previously filmed – Nicoletta, Mario, Saleh, Rosa and Antonello to find out what happened to them.

Return to L’Aquila: Broken Promises can be seen from Wednesday, April 6, at the following times GMT: Wednesday: 2000; Thursday: 1200; Friday: 0100; Saturday: 0600; Sunday: 2000; Monday: 1200; 
Tuesday: 0100; Wednesday: 0600.