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They show the landscape where the story takes place.



Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1937

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(Photo: Matthew Lee)

China.

The fox ghost

Old Geng had gotten up early, when the cocks of the village just had crowed. The sun had not yet risen, but the sky was already colouring a lovely orange-red.


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Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1985

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(Photo: Rita Willaert)

Red sorghum.

'Take me back'

With a friendly, but also a bit mocking smile the ghost of my grandmother looks at me. I sit on my knees before her burial mound. I make three low bows with my head flat to the earth.


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A village in Abruzzo, Southern Italy – 1935

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(Photo: Giorgio Rodano)

Abruzzo.

Sciatàp

For almost four years Francesco Zompa had lived and worked in New York. He slept on a piece of cardboard under the stairs in the house of hiss boss Carlo Campanella, who came from the south of Italy just like him.


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Santhiu-Niaye, West Senegal – 1965

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(Photo: jbdodane)

Senegal.

A griot never keeps his mouth shut

Followed by his wife Gnagna Guissé and the girl Khar Madaigua Diob, griot Déthyè Law leaves the village of Santhiu-Niaye. For the last time he turns around, put his hands to his mouth and sings loudly the call to prayer.


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Fontamara, a village in Abruzzo, Southern Italy – 1928 (1)

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(Photo: The Blasf)

Abruzzo.

Priest or donkey?

Early morning at four o'clock Berardo took a glass of wine and set off, with his shovel on his shoulder. Along the way he chewed on a piece of corn bread. His expression was angry.


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Fontamara, a village in Abruzzo, Southern Italy – 1929 (2)

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(Photo: Marco Vangelisti)

Abruzzo.

Land reform in reverse

The new government was a disaster. It had reduced the wages of farm labourers by forty percent. Every month there was a new tax and the new fascist mayors appropriated whatever they could lay hands on.


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Karaburun, West Turkey – about 1400

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(Photo: Ylbert Durishti)

Karaburun.

The poet dreams

About 1930 Nâzim Hikmet is imprisoned, because he writes poems which make poor Turks enthusiastic and the government angry. It is already late, and Hikmet is the only one in the room who is still awake. He is reading a book about a peasant revolt.


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Colombia – 2015

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(Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT))

Colombia.

Smoke and ash

Yesterday evening the welcome back was not really warm, Alfonso thinks, while carefully sweeping away the black ash in front of the small farm. That is how it is, he meditates. Twenty years ago he moved away to the city.


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South African villages – nineteenth century

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(Photo: South African Tourism)

South Africa.

Praise Poets

Each people in South Africa has its own 'praise songs', in which village poets sing the praises of their own heroes. The legendary conqueror king Shaka is sung of in terms like leopard, lion and elephant.


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Flanders, Belgium – about 1900

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(Photo: Luc.T)

Flanders.

Peasant Nand on his deathbed

“Yes, Nand, my boy, there you lie, quite alone on your bed.” The old peasant on his deathbed is awaiting the helper who will look after him, and looks around the room. Then he dozes off.


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Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (2)

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(Photo: Richard Weil)

Chiapas, South Mexico.

Aunty Modesta

Modesta, a young Indian woman, is sitting on a little hill by the roadside. She is waiting. At last, she sees a group of men arriving. About fifty Indians walk silently, gloomily, with big packs on their back.


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More


     The verdict of Modesta - Chiapas, South Mexico – around 1910 (3)
     'Let me leave' - a village in Rajasthan, India – 2015 - film
     'This is our land' - a village in the north of Russia – 2016 - film
     The tree of grandpa - Castellón, Spanje – 2006 - film
     So familiar - Paraguay – 2016 - film
     The Baobab - a village in the Sahel, Africa – 1999
     Aunty is a goddess - Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1967 (1)
     First a goddess, now a demon - Gaomi District, Shandong Province, China – 1970 (2)
     Saga is still alive! - a village in Burkina Faso – 1990 - film
     Black bombs - Anatolia, Turkey – 1922
     Rolling in money - a village in Burkina Faso – 1990 - film
     A flock of sheep in the capital - Anatolia and Ankara, Turkey – 1978 - film
     'First they take your land and then your children' - French Alps – 1960
     The wizard and the prince - a village in Western Africa – 1946
     The secret agreement - a village in Western Africa – 1968
     'It was never my dream' - Goías, Brazil – 1974 - film
     Soldiers at the border - Şanlıurfa Province, southeastern Turkey – 1980
     The Bride Price - a village in South East Nigeria – 1953
     'Now it is my turn' - Bahia, Northeast Brazil – 1910 - film
     The garlic rebellion - Shandong Province, China – 1986


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Last update: August 2017.