When the World Answered

 
  

When the World Answered

When the World Answered looks back at the worldwide Herculean efforts to save and restore the artwork of Florence after massive flooding destroyed many of the city's priceless treasures nearly fifty years ago. Filmed by local producer Kim Jacobs, the documentary also explores the modern-day efforts to recognize the women artists who made significant contributions during Florence’s time of need.

Nearly 50 years ago, torrential rains in northwestern and central Italy caused massive flooding throughout the area, including Florence. As the waters rose, so did concerns about the city’s treasured masterpieces. And then the worst-case scenario became reality: 14,000 works of art and rare books were destroyed. Based on the book "When the World Answered: Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood" by Linda Falcone and Jane Fortune, When the World Answered looks back at the worldwide Herculean efforts to save and restore the artwork of Florence.

The documentary also explores modern-day efforts to recognize a group of women artists who made significant contributions during Florence's time of need. Filmed on location in Italy, the film features archival footage and a new interview with legendary Italian director/producer Franco Zeffirelli, whose 1966 documentary Florence: Days of Destruction showed the flood's impact and helped rally the world to help.

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