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10. Return to the Brouck, the Fenland, forty years on  

The "Haut Pont"


Shot in HDV, colour, 52', 2010
Langage: Original version French (English subtitles)


Distributed on DVD PAL

  Video trailer



Direction: Colette Piault
Camera: Pierre Lamarque
Sound: Jonathan Laurent, Olivier Dandré, Corentin Vinçon
Editing: Florence Ricard
Dubbing: Noël Morrow
Gradding: Thomas Bonne
Production: Les Films d’Ici, Laura Briand & Serge Lalou, Maud Huynh, Sylvie Brenet – Les Films du Quotidien – WEO – CNC – Conseil Général du Pas de Calais – Agence de l’Eau


Parcel of land & ditches

Cauliflowers' gathering


In 1970, with a spring-powered Beaulieu cinecamera, without synchronous sound and with the collaboration of a group of young Fenlanders, we produced a film on their work in the Audomarois Fenland: "The Brouck" (The Fenland, 16mm, B&W, 40').
Forty years later, we followed up this with a new film about the Audomarois Fenland.

In a natural environment, criss-crossed with water- ways, on a still exceptionnal sight, market gardening as well as breeding remain the only productive activities.

Nevertheless, the number of Fenlanders has seriously has shrunkfrom 200 farms in the 1970 to 40 in 2010.

Other elements are now intervening such as ecology, preservation and development like the Natural Regional Parc and the Romelaere Natural Reserve, or in the form of leisure activities like waterfowl hunting, fishing, and tourism.

Through images and words, "Return to the Brouck" explores this new reality, confronting the actors of the past - young Fenlanders of the 70s – with  those of the present, inserting the images of the past to those of the present.

The spectator will find in that film an introduction to the problems linked to tensions between ecology and economy.

In the core of the film, there still remains, as in the 1970, the vivid problem of the present and the future of the Audomarois Fenland and its inhabitants.



The "Young Fenlanders" of 1970


- 2011: France, 13° Festival "Caméras des Champs, Ville sur Yron, 15 Mai.
- 2011:  U.K, Nafa Smposium  and Film Festival, University of St Andrews, Scotland,  29 Août -1 Septembre.
- 2011: France, 30° Festival International du cinéma ethnographique Jean Rouch, 5-27 Novembre.
- 2012: Italie, 5° edition of Eurorama, One Europe of Peoples in Ethnographic film Festivals, 29-30 Avril.


Broadcasting on Television

- 2010 - 2011, WEO Channel


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