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Vivre IciSpace, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary$
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Alison J. Murray Levine

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940414

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940414.001.0001

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(p.133) Chapter Five Farm
Vivre Ici

Alison J. Murray Levine

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes films by several filmmakers interested in life on family farms. The films included are Raymond Depardon’s trilogy, Profils paysans (2001/2005/2008); Les Terriens, a 2000 film by Ariane Doublet, and Les Fils de la terre (2011) a television documentary by Edouard Bergeon. All three films include portraits of farmers in which rural spaces appear as locally specific places in which multisensory experience, rather than linear argumentation, can unfold. They summon the viewer into the space of the farm, to “feel” his or her way through the experience, often with unsettling effects. These documentaries reduce the distance between rural and urban spaces, urging viewers to press up close to rural experience, to feel both its pleasures and its dangers, and to consider their position alongside the farmers within a contiguous socio-historical space and a web of interconnected interests. The last section of the chapter addresses the historical evidence for reception of these films in the context of the disappearing family farm in contemporary France, increased interest in farming and food production among urban consumers, and the reversal of the rural exodus in France

Keywords:   Agriculture, Farming, Family farm, Paysan, French food production

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