After Winter, Spring
Director Judith Lit scheduled to attend | May 19 & May 20
In this affectionate documentary shot over three years, a French farming community in the Périgord region struggles to uphold centuries of tradition in the face of modernity and a new Europe.
|May 6, 2013||12:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|May 19, 2013||4:00 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
|May 20, 2013||8:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
Judith Lit's sure-handed directorial debut documents the catch-22 of a rural farming community in the Périgord region of Southwest France. Shot over a three-year period, the film captures the struggle of four family farmers to stave off the 21st Century of Big Agriculture, Big Government, and exurban sprawl. Lit, who grew up on a family farm in Pennsylvania, mixes archival footage of farms like hers with emotional first-hand accounts of the French farmers that grow food whose terroir connotes a sense of place. The farmers eat farm-to-fork, not pre-packaged or readymade. The way we farm today is just as revelatory, the film showing how the fate of family farmers intersects with that of global health. Observing the momentum of the organic movement in France, a glum-faced farmer snipes. "You have to adapt to evolution but with awareness." Such sniping isn't fruit- less. More and more people are going local and even traveling to places that feed us, and the film shows just such a thriving agro- tourism operation. The farmers' answers to such varied questions illuminate not only their frustration but also their hope that a more plant-based, micro-local, and ultra-seasonal movement is gaining momentum and isn't just for the food-obsessed.
Judith Lit is a documentary filmmaker and author, and was previously director of the San Francisco Women on Screen Film Festival. She lives in New York City and a farm in southwestern France.
Sponsored in part by the French American Cultural Society, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Embassy in the United States, French Immersion School of Washington, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, TV5 Monde
|Running Time:||74 minutes|
|Awards:||Mill Valley Film Festival 2012 (Audience Award)|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|