Seen through the eyes of family farmers in southwest France, AFTER WINTER, SPRING is an intimate portrait of an ancestral way of life under threat in a world increasingly dominated by large-scale industrial agriculture.
"I love this film. AFTER WINTER, SPRING is a beautiful and intimate look into the lives of contemporary French peasants who heroically struggle to maintain the dignity of traditional, tactile ways in an age of EU homogenization."
Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA
"A personal and deeply moving story...AFTER WINTER, SPRING shares first-hand accounts of the daily struggles and simple pleasures of those who still make their living from the land...As we push to maximize farming efficiency and output it is important to understand what we lose in the process. This is a thought-provoking film for anyone interested in the future of farming and food, but especially important for today's young, aspiring farmers and food-policy activists."
Sean Clark, Associate Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Director of Berea College Farm, Berea College, Co-editor, Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America
"In an era of films pointed in their messages and short on subtlety, AFTER WINTER, SPRING compels the viewer to reconsider the costs of 'progress' through a deft weaving of spectacular pastoral landscapes and fragile agricultural traditions. The villagers' vignettes beg to be more than echoes of a receding past, as one small village tells a global story in its own quiet way."
Philip Ackerman-Leist, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Director of the Farm & Food Project, Green Mountain College, Author, Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems
"Achingly lovely...From the idealistic couple starting a tiny organic operation to the 88-year-old vintner/philosopher...are marvelous. Facing tough times, they love their animals and their land with inspiring hope."
Bethany Jean Clement, The Stranger
"It's a film that shows the challenges facing traditional farms everywhere. A realistic and sensitive film, it offers a true picture of the life of farm families struggling to make a living by working the land. It deserves a wide audience."
Robert L. Carlson, United Nations Special Ambassador, International Year of Family Farming