The survival of the immense dome of Hagia Sophia and the marvelous works it contains is a recurring miracle. Its future is uncertain: experts have forecast another large earthquake sometime in the next twenty years and political and religious tensions over its dual historical nature have hampered renovation efforts. An international team of architects, seismologists and engineers are working to discover the secrets of the building’s extraordinary resistance to earthquakes. By analyzing the strengths of the building, they hope to discover any hidden weaknesses and to gain the information necessary to save it.
Screening time: Saturday, 14 May, 10:10 am (Session 3, The Shedd Recital Hall)
Length: 88 min.
Country: France, USA
Director: Oliver Julien
Producer: Valerie Abita
Distributor Web site: http://www.zed.fr