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They show the landscape where the story takes place.



A remote mountain village in Japan – in the 19th century

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(Photo: Kirill Skorobogatov)

Japan.

'Narayama is waiting for us'

“My dear grandmother, don't leave us,” the peasant says, “don't abandon us.” His stepmother agrees with him. “Kesakichi is right, mother, take your time, there's no hurry.”


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A small mountain village in Austria – around 1910

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(Photo: Lutz Koch)

Austria.

First farm-maid, then woman farmer

“What a surprise,” Emmy – a pretty, slender young woman with sleek brown hair – rejoices. Three farm-hands and two farm-girls had just arrived from a nearby farm to help with harvesting.


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A hamlet in Hebei Province, China – 1997

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(Photo: Bill Benson)

Hebei Province.

Not one student less

“But who are you?” the young woman who is lying on the bed asks. “I am Wei Minzhi, the substitute teacher. Master Gao had to leave, and now I am here temporarily.”


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Gobi Desert, Mongolia – 2003

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(Photo: Antoine 49)

Mongolia.

Reconciliation

Tonight it is a party night. The family sits together in the yurt, the big, beautifully ornamented nomad tent. There is eating, drinking and laughing.


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A small village in Burkina Faso – 2004

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(Photo: Rita Willaert)

Burkina Faso.

Protection

Tired, but satisfied, Ciré Bathily walks along the path to his village. In his hand he has the lead rope of the donkey, which is pulling a cart full of corn.


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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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More


     The nightmare of Efock - a village in Senegal – 1942 - film
     Olmo is growing up - an estate in northern Italy – 1910 (1) - film
     The cavalry unit turns around - a village in northern Italy – 1920 (2) - film
     The fur trapper - Siberia, Russia – 1902 - film
     Father Sebastião - Northeast Brazil – 1938 - film
     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


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Last update: January 2019.