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LANDSCAPES:
landscapes: "le val d'herens"
switzerland
a film by  JEAN LOïC PORTRON documentary 26'
in French - beta num pal 4/3 / dvd (dvd5-pal) - ©photographie: Jba production
For a long time, mountains have been looked upon as flaws of the creation. They must wait for the end of the XVIIIth century to be considered with more amenity. The life of the mountain people is a constant struggle against the cold, the snow and the heights. The slope and the climate impose a specific agricultural organization: at the bottom, the fields occupy the less abrupt slopes; then come the pastures, situated at half-slope; finally, there are the woods which are topped by high
mountain pastures. In order to ex ploit these resources at best, the flocks go up and down according to the season . With the industrial Revolution, mountain agriculture cannot struggle against a mechanized plain agriculture anymore. Together with carrying its inhabitants to the plain, the railway opens the mountain to visitors. The mountain dwellers become hotel keepers or guides. The competition is fierce with those coming from outside who covet these «new lands».
director JEAN LOïC PORTRON - author JEAN-LOïC PORTRON - producer JACQUES BIDOU - productions JBA PRODUCTION, CNC, LA SEPT ARTE, INA, MINISTèRE DE LA CULTURE, MISSION DU PATRIMOINE ETHNOLOGIQUE - image MICHEL BORT - sound MYRIAM RENE - music JEAN MALLET - year of production 1997
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