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They show the landscape where the story takes place.



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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A small village in Madhya Pradesh, India – 1993

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(Photo: DraconianRain)

Madhya Pradesh.

The mysterious bird

“Everyone talks about it. The shadow of the great black mysterious bird is seen everywhere, in all the villages of our Nagesia people.” Suddenly the face of Shankar Nagesia clouds over.


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A village in Friesland, the Netherlands – 1902

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(Photo: jankie)

Friesland.

Two hundred guilders in advance

“Now I know what to do! When I sign, I will get immediately two hundred guilders, cash in hand. Then our worries are over.” Eelke is excited. Five minutes ago he was entirely down. The bailiff has laid a distress.


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Scheveningen, the Netherlands – 1900

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(Photo: Roel Wijnants)

Scheveningen.

Fear

“Yes Ma, I am afraid. May I? May I!” Barend is shouting. “Ashore I am not scared of anything, not even the devil himself. When necessary, I will stab anyone with my knife. But I am terrified of the sea."


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Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1934

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(Photo: Andrea Westmoreland)

Crabs.

Crab hunt

Douguan almost cannot control himself, and is on the point of jumping up. Uncle Arhat pulls the eight-year-old boy down and says: “When you have no patience, you will not get warm rice pudding.”


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Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1937

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(Photo: Matthew Lee)

China.

The fox ghost

Old Geng had gotten up early, when the cocks of the village just had crowed. The sun had not yet risen, but the sky was already colouring a lovely orange-red.


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Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1985

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(Photo: Rita Willaert)

Red sorghum.

'Take me back'

With a friendly, but also a bit mocking smile the ghost of my grandmother looks at me. I sit on my knees before her burial mound. I make three low bows with my head flat to the earth.


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A village in Abruzzo, Southern Italy – 1935

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(Photo: Giorgio Rodano)

Abruzzo.

Sciatàp

For almost four years Francesco Zompa had lived and worked in New York. He slept on a piece of cardboard under the stairs in the house of hiss boss Carlo Campanella, who came from the south of Italy just like him.


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Santhiu-Niaye, West Senegal – 1965

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(Photo: jbdodane)

Senegal.

A griot never keeps his mouth shut

Followed by his wife Gnagna Guissé and the girl Khar Madaigua Diob, griot Déthyè Law leaves the village of Santhiu-Niaye. For the last time he turns around, put his hands to his mouth and sings loudly the call to prayer.


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Fontamara, a village in Abruzzo, Southern Italy – 1928 (1)

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(Photo: The Blasf)

Abruzzo.

Priest or donkey?

Early morning at four o'clock Berardo took a glass of wine and set off, with his shovel on his shoulder. Along the way he chewed on a piece of corn bread. His expression was angry.


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Fontamara, a village in Abruzzo, Southern Italy – 1929 (2)

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(Photo: Marco Vangelisti)

Abruzzo.

Land reform in reverse

The new government was a disaster. It had reduced the wages of farm labourers by forty percent. Every month there was a new tax and the new fascist mayors appropriated whatever they could lay hands on.


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More


     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: September 2017.