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The Places We Live and Work

Coal India

Ajay Koli, Felix Röben

Coal India is a cinematic essay on physical labour and its cyclical movements. It portrays people who work under pre-industrial conditions in the coalfields near Dhanbad, India. The film shows heavy physical labour that is increasingly invisible in our technologized 21st century.

Abandoned Land

Gilles Laurent

In the evacuated zone around the nuclear plant of Fukushima, five years after the “catastrophe,” a few rare individuals still live on this land burning with radiation. The seemingly irrational yet peaceful existence of these diehards reminds us that, as a last resort, a patch of land is our strongest bond to the world.

The Woods Dreams Are Made Of

Claire Simon

As a reachable form of a lost Eden within everyone’s grasp, everybody comes to the Bois de Vincennes to seek refuge in nature. People from all walks of life have the right to be here: rich, poor, French, foreign, gay, straight, alone or accompanied, old-school or hip. The woods are an island surrounded by the towns that encircle it: a mirage dreamed up by a fatigued city-dweller. The difficulty of living in the city is left behind. Here we heal, we play, we have fun, and we dream. Throughout the seasons, this series of exchanges speaks of this utopia that everyone imagines for him or herself.

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Rendala the Mikea

Alain Rakotoarisoa

Strongly encouraged by an environmental protection program, Rendala and his clan left their native forest in the southwest of Madagascar and the rest of the Mikea community to settle a few kilometers away. Attracted by the modern world, spit tobacco, and the promise of a better future, they gave up their lives of hunting and gathering. But five years later, the record is bitter…