NOVA : Will Venice Survive Its Rescue? (1989)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Sarah Ing

Venice floods so regularly that it now goes unnoticed. After all, the city is built on canals. But, since 1966, when the main square sank under four feet of water, the government has been trying to stop the submergence. Nova goes to Italy to document the search for a solution. Heavy storms completely incapacitate the romantic city and for many years officials were at a loss as to what to do. Now, a program has been proposed that will create a billion-dollar floodgate system. The only problem is that the already faltering Venetian Lagoon could be destroyed. Nova sails through the narrow streets of Venice where politicians and environmentalists collide.