In Sedilo, a small village in Sardinia, the year is divided into two parts; Before S’Ardia and after S’Ardia. Born from legend, S'Ardia is horse race steeped in faith and religious pageantry where one races against one hundred. In simple terms it represents the battle between Saint Constantine and Maxentius and the fight between Christianity and Paganism.
But S’Ardia is much more than a simple horse race. These riders wait decades for the honour of being the first flag, Sa Prima Pandèla, who lead the race through the Sanctuary.
Only those born in Sedilo can ride in S'Ardia, if you are brave enough to enter. In Sedilo, it is not just tradition and bravery for those who live and breath horse riding, it is S’Ardia.
Shot and directed by Dan Sadgrove
Editor: Ben Elkaim
Music: Hanan Townshend
Sound: Morgan Johnson
Color: Mikey Rossiter
Translation: Claudia Marredda
Interpreters: Claudia Marredda, Michela Muscau
Interviews: Alessandra Spiga, Salvatorangelo Chessa, Matteo Falchi, Giovanni Battista Puddu, Antonio Carta Mula.
Grazie: Lino Spada, Salvatorangelo Chessa, Claudia Marredda, Michela Muscau, Alessandra Spiga, Matteo Falchi, Antonio Carta Mula, Mara Muscau, Giuseppe Putzolu, Giovanni Mameli, Fabrizio Delogu, Graziano Salaris, Emilio Marredda, Maria Sotgiu, Giovanni Battista Puddu, Michele Onida, Giuseppe Carta, Manuel Frau & Giuseppe Carboni
Un grazie sincero a tutta la popolazione di Sedilo per l’ospitalità