Unit 5

Unit 5: Global Commonwealth

(August 29th 4pm See the exhibition, 5pm Screening, 6:15pm Q&A, 6:45pm Reception – KMAC 3rd Floor)

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Screening and Discussion: “After Winter, Spring” by Judith Lit. Co-sponsored by The Berry Center and the Center for Interfaith Relations.

Still from After Winter, Spring

Still from After Winter, Spring

About the film:

In the Périgord region of southwest France, a rural community grapples with a profound question: will be the last generation of family farmers in a region continuously cultivated for over five thousand years?

AFTER WINTER, SPRING is an intimate study of these French farmers as they struggle with that issue. Shot over four years, the film captures the daily lives of Nanou, Guy and other neighbors with deep roots in the Périgord. At their kitchen tables and in their fields, these family farmers communicate a profound attachment to the land. But the film’s characters also share their day-to-day challenges and their fears that small-scale operations such as theirs may be no match for the multitude of 21st century threats. See more.

Bios:

Judith Lit: After a childhood spent on her family’s farm in rural Pennsylvania, Judith earned a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications and an M.A. in Theater Arts from University of Colorado. She began her filmmaking career as Associate Producer of internationally acclaimed DARK CIRCLE, a feature length documentary on the perils of the nuclear arms race and its link to nuclear energy production. The film garnered numerous awards including a National Emmy, Grand Prize at Sundance, Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival and a Certificate of Special Merit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Judith went on to produce and direct award-winning VOICES FROM THE CLASSROOM, a look at the crisis in American education, and AS SEEN ON TV, exploring the impact of television violence on young children. She was director of post-production for Teresa Tollini’s BREAKING SILENCE and Ruth Landy’s PLACES FOR THE SOUL, distribution coordinator for Pat Ferrero’s QUILTS IN WOMEN’S LIVES and HOPI: SONGS OF THE FOURTH WORLD, and was director of the San Francisco Women on Screen Film Festival. She has served on the jury of the San Francisco International Film Festival and the American Film Festival.

In addition to directing and co-producing AFTER WINTER, SPRING, Judith is co-author with Jane Weiner and Anne Kunvari of AGRICULTURE BIOLOGIQUE, CULTIVER L’AVENIR?, a documentary for Arte France. The film, which follows three families in Burgundy struggling to farm organically, was recently awarded the Jury Prize for Environmental Documentary by the Festival-Forum des Films Documentaires de Politiques Publiques. Judith is also completing a book titled Other Harvests and for the last 18 years has divided her time between New York City and a small farm in the Périgord region of southwestern France.

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