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2. Le Brouck (The Fenland)  

Saint-Omer, quartier du Marais,


38', 1972, 16 mm, black & white,
French dialogues & commentary, voice over, sync. sound
(english subtitles on DVD only)


Distributed on DVD PAL

  Video trailer


Director & Camera : Colette Piault
Sound : Jean-Pierre Lacam
Interviews sync. : V. et S. Blanchet
Advisers : M. Jollivet et F. Colson
Editing : Madeleine Dedieu
Photographs : Alain Oguse
Production : CNRS (GR 16), CNRS Audiovisuel, Les Films du Quotidien, Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires
Distribution : Les Films du Quotidien


Conceived and filmed in collaboration with a group of eight young market gardeners in the area of Saint Omer, Northern France, the film is a faithful testimony of a precise moment  of the collective consciousness of the socio-economical problems in a group  rather closed.
The film expresses a moment of the social change without freezing it in an ideological or political analysis but, on the opposite, keeping the contradictory arguments.

Script : Presentation of the Fenland, frame of life and work, 1st Part, the Production (material conditions and organisation), 2nd Part, Marketing. At last, the young people give their conclusions about the future of the Fenland, agicultural unions and the different possible options.
More than through the commentary which rather acts as a help to transition, the  frame of the film is mainly built through the conversations between the young fenlanders.



- Cinémathèque of Ministry of Agriculture (video)
- The City of Saint Omer (16 mm)
- University of California (Riverside)

- Festival dei Popoli, Florence, 1972
- Festival of Ethnographical & Sociological Film, Venice, 1972

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