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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 74 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: Yes

In an era of rapid growth of mega-farms, the encroachment of suburbia and new European Union rules and reductions of agricultural subsidies, the farmers in the Périgord region of southwest France are forced to confront challenges that threaten the very existence of their small farms.
 
Their story is recorded by one of their neighbors, an American filmmaker who grew up on her family's farm in Pennsylvania. Inter-weaving her story and theirs, the documentary explores the nature of the farming life and the rapid changes of the last two decades that have impacted the lives of families whose survival is tied to the land.
 
The Périgordine farmers show us that as agriculture moves out of the hands of families who have farmed for generations and into a model of "agriculture as business," something fundamental shifts. This farming community caught between tradition and an uncertain future struggles to hold on not only to their farms but to a set of values that comes of their intimate relationship with the natural world. AFTER WINTER, SPRING reveals the human story of family farming at a turning point in history.
 
"I love this film. After Winter, Spring is a beautiful and intimate look into the lives of contemporary French peasants who heroically struggle to maintain the dignity of traditional, tactile ways in an age of EU homogenization. It makes a compelling case for reimagining the policy assumptions that take us down a no-exit pathway for larger scale, increased efficiency, and standardization...Must see! Must share with USA farmers whose link to traditional practices has faded. This is an important and original film."  - Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA
 
DVD Features
In French and English, with English narration, English subtitles, SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and scene selection


Awards:
Best Foreign Documentary, Arizona International Film Festival
Audience Award, Mill Valley Film Festival
Jury Award, Caméras Des Champs

Screened at:
Seattle International Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Mendocino Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
FilmColumbia Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
International Ecological TV Festival "To Save & Preserve," Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Everett Film Festival
Berkshire International Film Festival
Greenbuild Film Festival
Williams College Fresh Fest
Terra Madre Slow Food International



Links: www.afterwinterspring.com/


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