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The photos are not illustrations of the story.
They show the landscape where the story takes place.



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

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(Photo: Ale)

Italy.

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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Karaburun, West Turkey – about 1400

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(Photo: Ylbert Durishti)

Karaburun.

The poet dreams

About 1930 Nâzim Hikmet is imprisoned, because he writes poems which make poor Turks enthusiastic and the government angry. It is already late, and Hikmet is the only one in the room who is still awake. He is reading a book about a peasant revolt.


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Colombia – 2015

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(Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT))

Colombia.

Smoke and ash

Yesterday evening the welcome back was not really warm, Alfonso thinks, while carefully sweeping away the black ash in front of the small farm. That is how it is, he meditates. Twenty years ago he moved away to the city.


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South African villages – nineteenth century

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(Photo: South African Tourism)

South Africa.

Praise Poets

Each people in South Africa has its own 'praise songs', in which village poets sing the praises of their own heroes. The legendary conqueror king Shaka is sung of in terms like leopard, lion and elephant.


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Flanders, Belgium – about 1900

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(Photo: Luc.T)

Flanders.

Peasant Nand on his deathbed

“Yes, Nand, my boy, there you lie, quite alone on your bed.” The old peasant on his deathbed is awaiting the helper who will look after him, and looks around the room. Then he dozes off.


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Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (2)

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(Photo: Richard Weil)

Chiapas, South Mexico.

Aunty Modesta

Modesta, a young Indian woman, is sitting on a little hill by the roadside. She is waiting. At last, she sees a group of men arriving. About fifty Indians walk silently, gloomily, with big packs on their back.


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Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (3)

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(Photo: Darij and Ana)

Chiapas, South Mexico.

The verdict of Modesta

“Don't kill this man,” sounds the shrill voice of Modesta. The labourers from the monteria, the jungle camp, are surprised. Is this that shy girl who almost never speaks a word? Her eyes look so strange, as if they see nothing.


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A village in Rajasthan, India – 2015

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(Photo: Tomas Belcik)

Rajasthan, India.

'Let me leave'

“Don't think that you are at home,” Rani says harshly to Janaki, “get to work, then you are perhaps a bit useful.” Rani is furious with Janaki, a fifteen-year old girl, the newly arrived bride of her son Gulab, who is the same age.


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A village in the north of Russia – 2016

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(Photo: Johannes Lundberg)

Northern Russia.

'This is our land'

“People, listen to me,” Aleksander Sergeevich starts his improvised speech at the potato field. About twenty villagers, older and younger ones, men and women, stand by the large field, numb with cold from the morning fog.


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Castellón, Spain – 2006

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(Photo: Willy Verhulst)

Olive tree, Spain.

The tree of grandpa

Alma is desperate. A few months ago grandpa stopped talking, and now he also doesn't eat. Alma loves her grandpa. When she was a little girl, they were always together. She could tell him everything.


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Paraguay – 2016

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(Photo: Rodrigo Soldon)

Paraguay.

So familiar

Step by step, Juan walks into the lake. The cold water gently rolls back and forth like it always does. The sun is shining on the water quickly showing dark spots and light ones.


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     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
     The missing girl - a village in Anatolia, Turkey – 1995
     From another world - French Alps – 1975
     On the run - Pernambuco, northeast Brazil – 1942 - film
     Come back to your own Acoli people - Northern Uganda – 1966 (1)
     Progress - Northern Uganda – 1970 (2)
     Finally a cow! - Uttar Pradesh, India – 1930s (1)
     The cow did bring along nothing but problems - Uttar Pradesh, India – 1930s (2)
     Temporary Island - River Inguri, Georgia/Abkhazia – 2014 - film
     The good bandit - Taurus Mountains, Turkey – around 1920
     Dreaming of a small farm of your own - California, United States – 1930s
     Trapped again to work in the jungle camp - Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910
     Underground resistance - village south of Nanjing, China – 1938
     'We will drive out the whites now!' - village in South East Nigeria – around 1885
     The zamindar takes the land of a peasant - West Bengal, India – around 1950 - film
     The volcano - Ixcanul, Guatemala – 2015 - film
     Famine - Anhui Province, China – around 1900 (1)
     Poor people in the big city - Anhui Province, China – around 1900 (2)
     The sly muhtar - Taurus Mountains, Turkey – around 1960 (1)
     The saint - Taurus Mountains, Turkey – around 1960 (2)
     Nobody talks to the muhtar anymore - Taurus Mountains, Turkey – around 1960 (2)
     The mother - a hamlet in the Zhejiang Province, China – about 1930
     The high priest stands alone - South East Nigeria – the 1920s
     Driven away by the bulldozers - Oklahoma, United States – around 1935 (1)
     Nightmare - California, United States – around 1935 (2)

Last update: July 2017.