Harold Vasselin's latest documentary "Gens des blés" will be released on DVD on September 5, 2019. It is a story of wheat and Man. Pierre is a biotechnologist, Florent is an organic farmer, Isabelle is an agronomist. Each of them works to create new wheat, but they do it in a very different way... What worlds are they sowing at a time when agricultural changes are intensifying? Faced with global food and economic challenges, choices have to be made, questioning our relationship to plants, the land and technology. What wheat should we dream of for tomorrow? For what kind of society?
For five years, Harold Vasselin followed the work of creating new wheat. He accompanied plant biology researchers, agronomists and farmers through the seasons and plant cycles. He paid attention to the gestures, words, projects, imaginations and world views that are incorporated into the plant.
"Harold Vasselin shows us first men, "people"; then the wheat is a revelation of their way of being in the world."
Véronique Chablescientist at INRA
Harold Vasselin is a writer-director. His cinematographic writing is defined by his own words: " Our world is becoming ever more technological, yet the idea of progress has disappeared. Don't you sometimes have that feeling of acting in a world that runs like a duck with its head cut off?
So, with these questions, with these experiences that are mine - these two modest practices of science and presence - I began to forge small sensory and cognitive devices, as if in a sewing gesture. They are small cinematic narratives, or installations in which the spectator is invited to enter, stories in which he or she is invited to participate. They are small paths like those of childhood, where one goes to meet the world, senses and knowledge in awakening. Oh, it's always the world right there, the very close world. I wouldn't have the means to take you to Mars, but I don't think it's necessary either. Quite the contrary, the unknown begins... at 3 Steps (shipping, exhibition, publication).
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Through my encounters - and very slowly - I knit my images and stories. Sometimes, when possible, it takes the form of a film. But they are also workshops, "pedagogies", explorations with others. For me it's the same commitment. Doesn't gripping prelude understanding? And it is indeed an action of the body. "
For "Wheat People," Harold wrote " Notes on Film Writing "that explain his approach and demonstrate how" we are profoundly changed by technology. It's a cliché to say it, but yet it remains an empty, unthought place, or to be more precise: non-incarnate. ». His approach is simple: he "It begins by going through an area of science/society debate, a particular field of technological modernity. For a long time my attention remains mobile, very free. There are encounters, facts, processes, work acts, machines and concepts; it's very heterogeneous. Here, there, or there again, I perceive departures of history, like departures of fire. At one point it becomes sufficiently abundant for me to begin to sense something: something like a node of energy, a tectonic zone, a nerve centre, underground water... Then I bring in the questions of cinema: what "appearance" is sensed, what epiphany, what emotion of the visible? What is the device to make it come in a cinematic shot, in frame and duration? And what links, what confrontations, what gaps between the images, from which I will be able to arc my story? The film will be, in one way or another, a travel narrative; I will be the traveller. For it is my subjectivity that ultimately gives shape to the story that unfolds. I'm looking for beauty, and when it's there, I do what Florent does when he grows his wheat: I accompany the people who are there."
The DVD box set consists of several creations that together tell the story of this rich wheat adventure. The film People of wheat comes with two bonuses Short investigation into the origins of wheat and Sowers, Sowing machines.
It will be available from Thursday 5 September 2019on the shop area of the site www.paysdesmiroirs.com at the price of 20€, shipping included.
Producer(s): Pays des Miroirs / Tell Me Films / BIP TV / Educagri éditions Language: French. English subtitles.
To go further : Greenfacts dossier " How can biotechnology be applied to agriculture? "