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They show the landscape where the story takes place.



A village in Kenya – about 1930

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(Photo: Neil Palmer)

Kenya.

Discord in the village

Njahi, the rain season, is the most pleasant time of the year. When the rain has fallen, everyone is sure that there will be a good harvest, and is in a good mood.


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Queensland, North Australia – about 1860

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(Photo: John Skewes)

Queensland.

Black or white?

Jock McIvor, a robust farmer with a stubbly beard and dark brown hair mixed already with some grey, sits with his elbows on the table, both his fists against his cheeks.


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Mato Grosso do Sul, Southwest Brazil – 2008

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(Photo: Ronald Woan)

Mato Grosso do Sul.

The young shaman

It is night. “Uahh!” A shrill cry sounds through the jungle again and again. Osvaldo comes running through the forest. His face is completely blackened by the mud he just has smeared on it.


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A village in Maharashtra, India – 1937

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(Photo: Rohit Gowaikar)

Maharashtra.

Happy years

It is harvest time, and it is sunny; Radha, a peasant woman about forty years old, feels happy. She is sitting on the ox-cart, on top of the jowar, the local grain.


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A village in Belarus – 1943

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(Photo: Melirius)

Belarus.

Remorse

“I should never have done it,” Flyora thinks, “why didn't I listen to that old farmer? My friend and I made fun of him behind his back. But now it turns out he was right."


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A village in Burkina Faso – 1989

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(Photo: Christian Costeaux)

Burkina Faso.

Sana, a witch?

They are inseparable, Bila and his cousin Nopoko, both about ten years old. But now Nopoko is ill, gravely ill.


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A village in Senegal – 1942

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(Photo: John Atherton)

Senegal.

The nightmare of Efock

In the village Efock people don't sleep well. They have nightmares. Over and over they scream in their sleep.


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An estate in northern Italy – 1910 (1)

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(Photo: Robyn Aldridge)

Northern Italy.

Olmo is growing up

Leo, the old farmhand, slaps his open hand on the table. “Who says 'bastard'?,” he shouts, and his eyes shoot fire. Nobody answers, there is a deathly silence.


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A village in northern Italy – 1920 (2)

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(Photo: mendhak)

Northern Italy.

The cavalry unit turns around

“Orèèèste, Orèèèste,” the voice sounds, long and drawn-out, from the other side of the canal, “go away, leave. Listen to me. The devils on horseback are coming to catch you. Go away.”


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Siberia, Russia – 1902

The fur trapper

“Well, they are good people,” Dersu Uzala thinks, sitting by the campfire, “but, they are not hunters, they don't know the forest, they are city folks.”


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Northeast Brazil – 1938

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(Photo: Rosanetur)

Northeast Brazil.

Father Sebastião

“I can see a lush green land, the horses are eating flowers, and the children are drinking out of rivers filled with milk.” Father Sebastião can preach marvellously.


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More


     Blinded - a small village in Japan – sixteenth century - film
     Silver lining - a small village in Massachusetts, United States – 1884
     'What a miserable damn life!' - a fishing village on the coast of Sicily, Italy – 1867
     Houtekiet - a village in Flanders, Belgium – around 1910
     A real friend - a village in Northern Italy – 1948
     The beast - a hamlet in Northern Italy – 1941
     Gas masks - a small village in Wales, United Kingdom – 1919
     Class analysis - a small village in Vietnam – 1955 (1)
     Mayor Duong - a small village in Vietnam – 1989 (2)
     The road - a village in Peru – 1930 (1)
     Misitu, the holy bull - a mountain village in Peru – around 1930 (2)
     The old fisherman - a fishing village on the coast of Cuba – 1951
     'He is not your enemy' - a village in Liberia – around 1860 (1)
     There is war in the air - a village in Liberia – around 1890 (2)
     The sea god favours them - a small Japanese island – 1954
     Forest Fire - a hamlet in New South Wales, Australia – 1914 (1)
     Failure - a hamlet in New South Wales, Australia – about 1935 (2)
     The crossing - a river in Iceland – 1879
     The founding of a union - a small village near a fjord in Iceland – 1921
     La Rosa Blanca - a hacienda in Veracruz, Mexico – 1920
     The reindeer - a remote farm in the marshlands of Iceland – 1899 (1)
     Independent after thirty years - a remote farm in the marshlands of Iceland – 1911 (2)
     Rich for a few years - a remote farm in the marshlands of Iceland – 1922 (3)
     Zapata, the beloved peasant leader - Morelos, South Mexico – 1919 - film
     A brawl, and a new insight - a village on the coast of Sicily, Italy – 1948 - film
     The old bull - a village in Ningxia province, China – 2016 - film
     The petty thief and his grandma - a village in Burkina Faso – 2017 - film
     Roast chestnuts - a village in Berry, in the centre of France – around 1790
     Wolves - a hamlet in Afghanistan – 2016 - film
     Little Fadette chuckles - a village in Berry, in the centre of France – around 1792
     'Do you think that money grows on trees in my garden?'
         Southeast Nigeria – around 1910 (1)


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Last update: December 2018-2.