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They show the landscape where the story takes place.



A hacienda in Veracruz, Mexico – 1920

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(Photo: Ricardo Rodriguez)

Veracruz.

La Rosa Blanca

“A very warm welcome to you, señor gobernador, Mr. Governor, at hacienda La Rosa Blanca!” Jacinto Yañez beams with pleasure. There is nothing better than receiving visitors.


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A remote farm in the marshlands of Iceland – 1899 (1)

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(Photo: Tristan Ferne)

Reindeer in Iceland.

The reindeer

Crouching down, Bjartur creeps up to the rock, without making the slightest sound. Carefully he peeks over the rock. Four reindeer are standing right in front of him, three cows and one sturdy bull.


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A remote farm in the marshlands of Iceland – 1911 (2)

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(Photo: Observe The Banana)

Iceland.

Independent after thirty years

“Yes, my dear Jón, this is my last payment. Thirty years I have worked for you, but from now on I am no longer indebted to you.”


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A remote farm in the marshlands of Iceland – 1922 (3)

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(Photo: Eric Montfort)

Iceland.

Rich for a few years

Not once does Bjartur of Summerhouses look back. He walks with his old Blaze on the reins onto the big new road, in the direction of the mountains, which loom blue in the morning mist.


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Morelos, South Mexico – 1919

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(Photo: Marcel Holyoak)

Morelos.

Zapata, the beloved peasant leader

Five horsemen in uniform on brown horses ride into the plaza, the central square of the sleepy town. They look rough. The first rider has the body of a man on his horse in front of him.


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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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     'Do you think that money grows on trees in my garden?' -
         Southeast Nigeria – around 1910 (1)
     The disobedient girl - Southeast Nigeria – around 1910 (2)
     Line of demarcation - Korea – 2016 - film
     'Our reindeer are your reindeer' - mountain region in the north of Sweden – 1930s - film
     The angel and the sailing ship - a valley in Ireland – 1846
     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)


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Last update: July 2018.