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50 Years of CAP - A Partnership between Europe and Farmers

European Cultural Landscapes. The Cevennes

01/02/2012 - 31/12/2012
Organised by
Hoferichter & Jacobs Filmproduktion GmbH
Target group
General public
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“European cultural landscapes” is a filmic journey of discovery, following the historic traces of European agriculture as we know it today. The series comes to know those people and regions that have been shaped by agriculture for centuries - and in which agriculture still determines a yet modern life. In the course of this filmic journey, the two documentaries first and foremost raise one question: In the 21st century, what is the future of agriculture and of the people who live on it?

One and a half hours drive from the hustle and bustle of the Mediterranean coast, the Cevennes are located at the southern foothill of the Central Massif. The Cevennes are a low mountain range which is distinctive because of its bleak high plateaus and green valleys. People are shaping this region since about seven thousand years. Since the Middle Ages the steep hillsides were transformed into agricultural terraces by the early settlers. These people built villages in areas which are claimed not to be cultivatable because of an alternating climate which varies from ice cold winters to bone-dry summers.

However, at the end of the nineteenth century the cultivation of the former two most important agricultural products – silk and chestnut – was not longer possible and so the people left. Two-thirds of the population migrated from the area which ran to seed increasingly without human care. To stop that development the remaining Cevennoles founded the National Park of the Cevennes in 1970.

The Cevennoles screened the region and declared it to a conservation area what made it interesting for visionaries. Ever since the Cevennes were rated as an insider tip for those people who can not achieve their ideas anywhere better but there. Today people from all over Europe come to the Cevennes to remember tried and tested working manners, but also to link old and new techniques. Susann Reichenbach visited the Cevennes and its people and invites to escape to one of the most beautiful regions of Europe.

Since 1996, Hoferichter & Jacobs GmbH continuously produces documentaries and feature films. Our main focus lies with contemporary topics realised in long formats. We are interested in exceptional, intriguing and fascinating stories bearing the potential to be told in a highly qualified manner, both to a German and an international audience.



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