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They show the landscape where the story takes place.



A village on the coast of Sicily, Italy – 1948

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(Photo: Jim Waddington)

Sicily.

A brawl, and a new insight

“Why do you think they released me? Well! I did something against the law. They could have hauled me to court, and given me two months in prison. Isn't that right?”


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A village in Ningxia Province, China – 2016

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(Photo: xiaoming wang)

Ningxia.

The old bull

“Please, father, think about it. If you don't want us to kill the bull, we will not do it,” says the young peasant to his old father Ma Zishan, who comes walking on, carrying a bucket of water.


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A village in Burkina Faso – 2017

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(Photo: Rita Willaert)

Burkina Faso.

The petty thief and his grandma

Mame hasn't been so happy in a long time. The robust, sturdy old woman with the heavy glasses, whom everyone in the village calls 'Mame', has just received a visitor. And what a visitor it is.


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A village in Berry, in the centre of France – around 1790

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(Photo: Daniel Jolivet)

Centre of France.

Roast chestnuts

“Let us make a fire, that's the best we can do” Marie says firmly. Germain doesn't like the idea. “How do you think you can start a fire in this wet forest? Everything is soaked through.


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A hamlet in Afghanistan – 2016

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(Photo: Ricardo's Photography)

Afghanistan.

Wolves

“No, no, come here, you have to do it differently.” Quodrat, an eleven-year-old boy, takes the cord that Sediqa is plaiting, puts the loop around his big toe, unravels the last part of the plaiting, and plaits it once again.


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A village in Berry, in the centre of France – around 1792

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(Photo: Charline Maignan)

Centre of France.

Little Fadette chuckles

“I should have left earlier,” Landry, a sturdy young farmer, realises. He breaks out in a cold sweat. The water of the small river is deeper than he had thought. It is already dark. He is not sure where to cross.


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South East Nigeria – around 1910 (1)

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(Photo: jbdodane)

Nigeria.

'Do you think that money grows on trees in my garden?'

“No, no, no, I won't go to Efuru.” Nwabata turns away, rolls over with a jerk on the conjugal bed, putting her face to the wall. “Please, my wife, be reasonable,” Nwosu tries carefully, “what else can we do? You know that we need money for the new season."


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South East Nigeria – around 1910 (2)

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(Photo: William Muzi)

Nigeria.

The disobedient girl

“Ogea,” Efuru calls, “look for Eneke, and ask him to come and tell a story.” It is already night, but there is a beautiful bright moon in the sky. All the children are playing outside. Soon Eneke arrives. The children greet him excitedly.


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Korea – 2016

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(Photo: Craig Nagy)

Korea.

Line of demarcation

“Well, I think it’s clear, my boat was damaged, that's all. I am absolutely not a spy.” Nam Chul-woo, a strongly built man in his thirties with long black hair falling over his face, is desperate. “Why don't you take me back? I want to go home, to my family!”


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Mountain region in the north of Sweden – 1930s

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(Photo: Emil Erlandsson)

Sweden.

'Our reindeer are your reindeer'

“Will she ever come back?” Njenna asks herself worriedly. She is sitting on the ground by her reindeer, which are grazing quietly around her. Njenna is a young Sami (Lapp), a nomad. “Why has she left us?"


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A valley in Ireland – 1846

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(Photo: Larry Koester)

Ireland.

The angel and the sailing ship

Mary stays near the low wall of her kitchen garden. She has just dug up the last two tubers. She looks into Black Valley, and counts the smoke plumes that come from the huts. “Just twenty-seven,” she tells herself, “ten huts are already abandoned.


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More


     The olives are ripe - refugee camp in Jenin, Palestine – 1953
     The basis of my life - a village in Cameroon – 1958 (1)
     Revenge - a village in Cameroon – 1958 (2)
     Happiness and sorrows - Pakistan – 2014 - film
     Paradise and hell - a hamlet in Colombia – 2014 - film
     The old samurai - a Japanese village – 1586 - film
     As free as a bird - an estate in Hungary – 1910 (1)
     Serf or free servant? - an estate in Hungary – 1912 (2)
     Bandits and assassins - a village in the north of Mexico – around 1890 - film
     Cured - a village in Anatolia, Turkey – 2015 - film
     Pioneer - a remote village in Norway – 1917
     Piano tuner - Norway – 1906
     Ayoub - a hamlet in Central Morocco – 1999 - film
     Cheese sandwich - The Netherlands – 1945
     Village schoolteacher - a village in Anatolia, Turkey – 1948 (1)
     The bullock is worn out - a village in Anatolia, Turkey – 1948 (2)
     Machine gun - Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (4)
     Peaceful sunshine - Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (5)
     Decline of the empire - a village on Java, Indonesia – early sixteenth century (1)
     Challenging the sovereign - Tuban, Java, Indonesia – early sixteenth century (2)
     Sheep thieves - Sardinia, Italy – 1945 (1)
     Locusts - Sardinia, Italy – 1945 (2)
     'Half is half' - Sardinia, Italy – 1956
     Hunting festival - Bihar, India - 1992
     The investigation team - Bihar, India - 1970


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Last update: May-2 2018.