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They show the landscape where the story takes place.



A village in Anatolia, Turkey – 1948 (1)

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(Photo: Paul)

Anatolia.

Village schoolteacher

“Unbelievable! I am such a lucky fellow that I had the chance to get more education than only a few years of village school,” Mahmut Makal contemplates. He is from a peasant family.


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A village in Anatolia, Turkey – 1948 (2)

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(Photo: Evgeni Zotov)

Anatolia.

The bullock is worn out

“Mamit, Mamit, wake up, the bullock is dying,” my mother cries, standing at my bedside. “I don't dare to wake up father, he would have a heart attack. Come to the stable.”


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Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (4)

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(Photo: Darij and Ana)

Chiapas.

Machine gun

“You like me a bit, don’t you?” Modesta asks with a little smile. Celso laughs loudly. “I am very sure I don't like you a bit.” “Well, then you should teach me to shoot with that machine gun.”


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Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (5)

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(Photo: Mr. Theklan)

Chiapas.

Peaceful sunshine

“Let us call our village Solipaz, Sun-and-peace,” Celso proposes. Indian rebel forces have to take some rest for a few months to regain their strength after several fights with the rurales (rural police).


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A village on Java, Indonesia – early sixteenth century (1)

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(Photo: CIFOR)

Java.

Decline of the empire

“Why do you pay taxes to the Adipati (ruler) of Tuban? What do you get in return for it? Challengingly Rama Cluring looks around in the village hall of Awiskrambil. When nobody answers him, he continues: “Nothing at all."


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Tuban, Java, Indonesia – early sixteenth century (2)

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(Photo: Nick)

Java.

Challenging the sovereign

Idayu sits on her knees in the dust. Humbly she bows her head deeply, touching the ground. She sits in front of the Adipati (sovereign) of Tuban on his golden throne. Yesterday she became dance champion.


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Sardinia, Italy – 1945 (1)

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(Photo: dapog)

Sardinia.

Sheep thieves

“Hey, sonny, are there no hares here? I’ve been walking the whole morning, goddamn, but I didn't see a hare.” “Yes, sir,” I answered, “there are many hares. Sometimes I almost step on them.”


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Sardinia, Italy – 1945 (2)

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(Photo: Jacques Caffin)

Locust.

Locusts

Dark clouds surged in front of the sun. It was in the middle of the day, there was no lightning or thunder, but nevertheless it became dark. It was just like many snowflakes swirling down, but they were locusts.


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Sardinia, Italy – 1956

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(Photo: yokopakumayoko)

Sardinia.

'Half is half'

“Okay, half is for Don Pedru. That isn't all right, because we had to do all the work, and he didn't raise a finger. But that's just the way it is. But it makes me mad that even that is not enough for him.”


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Bihar, India - 1992

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(Photo: CroDigTap)

Bihar.

Hunting festival

Mary hacks away with her blade at the contractor who lay at the ground. At the first blow he still looks at her with wide terrified eyes, but then his head sinks away. Mary takes his wallet and puts the big pile of banknotes into a corner of her sari.


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Bihar, India - 1970

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(Photo: Jim)

Bihar.

The investigation team

“Dear uncle Bono, finally we are together again,” say the fingers of Douloti, “let the other ones chat, we are together.” Silently, she massages the feet of Bono with such loving attention that her fingers transfer her feelings perfectly.


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More


     The mysterious bird - a small village in Madhya Pradesh, India – 1993
     Two hundred guilders in advance - a village in Friesland, the Netherlands – 1902
     Fear - Scheveningen, the Netherlands – 1900
     Crab hunt - Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1934
     The fox ghost - Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1937
     'Take me back' - Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1985
     Sciatàp - A village in Abruzzo, Southern Italy – 1935
     A griot never keeps his mouth shut - Santhiu-Niaye, West Senegal – 1965
     Priest or donkey? - Fontamara, a village in Abruzzo, Southern Italy – 1928 (1)
     Land reform in reverse - Fontamara, a village in Abruzzo, Southern Italy – 1929 (2)
     The poet dreams – Karaburun, West Turkey – about 1400
     Smoke and ash – Colombia – 2015
     Praise Poets – South African villages – nineteenth century
     Peasant Nand on his deathbed - Flanders, Belgium – about 1900
     Aunty Modesta - Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (2)
     The verdict of Modesta - Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (3)
     'Let me leave' - a village in Rajasthan, India – 2015 - film
     'This is our land' - a village in the north of Russia – 2016 - film
     The tree of grandpa - Castellón, Spanje – 2006 - film
     So familiar - Paraguay – 2016 - film
     The Baobab - a village in the Sahel, Africa – 1999
     Aunty is a goddess - Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1967 (1)
     First a goddess, now a demon - Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1970 (2)
     Saga is still alive! - a village in Burkina Faso – 1990 - film
     Black bombs - Anatolia, Turkey – 1922
     Rolling in money - a village in Burkina Faso – 1990 - film
     A flock of sheep in the capital - Anatolia and Ankara, Turkey – 1978 - film
     'First they take your land and then your children' - French Alps – 1960
     The wizard and the prince - a village in Western Africa – 1946
     The secret agreement - a village in Western Africa – 1968
     'It was never my dream' - Goías, Brazil – 1974 - film
     Soldiers at the border - Şanlıurfa Province, southeastern Turkey – 1980
     The Bride Price - a village in South East Nigeria – 1953
     'Now it is my turn' - Bahia, Northeast Brazil – 1910 - film
     The garlic rebellion - Shandong Province, China – 1986


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Last update: January 2018.