This summer, we’re delighted to invite you to the farm for a film series which will feature agriculturally-themed documentaries from around the world. We begin in June with two American films, one from the present day, and one from the Dust Bowl era. In July and August, we present films from France and Thailand.
All films will be screened in the backyard of 278 Sligo Road, the red house between two hills about a mile south of the Farm Store, but you should park about a quarter-mile before you get to the house, at the gray tunnel barn across the street from a gray house. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and whatever you’ll need to be comfortable at an outdoor event. We’ll have frozen yogurt and other treats for purchase at the screening.
The Plow That Broke the Plains and The Greenhorns / June 4th / 9:00 PM / On the Farm at 278 Sligo Road, Rollinsford
The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936) is a short documentary film which shows what happened to the Great Plains region of the United States when uncontrolled agricultural farming led to the Dust Bowl. It was written and directed by Pare Lorentz. The Greenhornsdocumentary film explores the lives of America’s young farming community, and shows how a new generation of young agrarians farm with their brains as well as their bodies. These greenhorns are working to reverse negative trends in agriculture in favor of healthy food, local and regional foodsheds, and the revitalization of rural economies, one farm at a time. Directed by farmer/ activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming. Watch a trailer of The Plow That Broke the Plains here, and The Greenhorns here. Screened with permission of the Greenhorns. This is a free event – rain date June 5th.
The Gleaners and I / July 2nd / 9:00 PM / On the Farm at 278 Sligo Road, Rollinsford
The Gleaners and I is a 2001 French documentary which tracks the lives of gleaners. Traditionally, gleaners were peasants who scavenged cultivated fields after the harvest, but this film expands the term to include people who pick over rural and urban landscapes for both art and subsistence. It won numerous awards at its release, including Best Non-Fiction Film-2001 from the National Society of Film Critics. Our thanks go out to Zeitgeist Films for permission to screen this film. This is a free event – rain date July 3rd. Watch a trailer of The Gleaners and I here.
Agrarian Utopia / August 6th / 9:00 PM / On the Farm at 278 Sligo Road, Rollinsford
Agrarian Utopia is a 2005 documentary directed by Uruphong Raksasad about two northern Thai families farming together on the same field, hoping to get through just another rice-farming season like every year. But no matter how much the world is evolving, how much the country is going through economic, political and social changes, they still cannot grasp happiness. Watch a trailer of the film here. Screening Courtesy of ExtraVirgin Films. This is a free event – rain date August 7th.