Volta À Terra (Be)longing - Back to the Land (EDU)


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Winner! Best Portuguese Film - Doclisboa
Winner! Best Documentary - Chicago International Film Festival
Official Selection - ACID Cannes
"Interweaves aesthetic rigor with sensitive observation, agrarian portraiture with an investment in individual experience, that moved us by its intimacy with its subjects, an ambitious audio-visual presentation, and a dual sense of time-li-ness and time-less-ness. - Chicago International Film Festival Jury Statement
The Story:
Volta à Terra tells the story of an endangered community: farmers who practice subsistence farming in a mountainous village of northern Portugal, deserted due to emigration. Between the evocation of the past and their uncertain future, we follow the 49 inhabitants through four seasons.

Daniel, a charismatic young farmer in northern Portugal, is dedicated to the farming methods of his forbearers. But will dreams of love take him away from his homeland? A bittersweet coming-of-age story featuring illuminating, hypnotic photography of the Portuguese countryside amid the changing seasons, Volta à Terra is a poetic love song to traditional ways of life.
Areas of Study: Portugal, Environment, Sustainability, Documentary Studies, Film Studies