BREAD, CONCERNED FARMERS, AND THE FILM IN PROVENCE
I just returned from a wonderful screening at the Cigalon Cinema in Cucuron. ADEAR, an association in support of farmers, hosted a convivial and delicious apéritif prior to the screening….fresh vegetables, dips, cheeses and bread baked for the occasion by Benoît, the local boulanger. Benoît grows a variety of grains that he grinds into flour and, with the help of Etienne, turns into the most wonderful breads. Benoît represented ADEAR in the discussion with me after the screening.
The audience was made up of villagers, farmers, young and not so young, and cinephiles who drove in from surrounding towns. I learned from them how much the region of Provence has shifted away from farming (it used to be considered the fruit basket of France) with the new emphasis being tourism. Some said that their region is in the process of “losing its soul.” There was much concern about the future. That said, ADEAR members are a hopeful testament to the work that the association is doing to support beginning farmers. It is now reported that 30% of France’s farmers are new farmers!
Our thanks to Clémence and Davide at the Cigalon Cinema and Solène and Benoît from ADEAR for organizing this event. Also my thanks to Holly Poirier, who had the idea of this screening and was my gracious host in Cucuron! Merci à toutes et à tous.