Faces of Europe – The Caper Farmers of Pantelleria


The documentary makes palpable the native charm of the island, which lies at the midpoint between Sicily and Tunisia. On about 80 square kilometers, 6,500 persons make their home; the film accompanies two of them. Through the eyes of Salvatore and Dominica Ferrandes the viewer experiences an almost archaic world. We become acquainted with their work, and share in their worries. We bear witness to just how extraordinarily labor-intensive caper harvesting is, how costly the production of Passito is, and the unending challenges faced by a farmer family in meeting the costs of its modest livelihood. The "Caper Farmers of Pantelleria" is at once the portrait of a congenial family of individuals, and the story of a world passing out of existence.

Filmographic details

Year 2007
Country Italy
Rights Worldwide
Runtime 26 Min.
Channel Arte / ZDF
Author Paul Weber
Director Paul Weber
Camera Ernst Krell