Cheese on the big screen

18 August 2021

Cheese 2021 takes you to the pastures to meet the herders and cheesemakers behind every great cheese, to discover their stories and their know-how. Cheese is your window onto a world where humans are trying to establish a healthier balance in their relationships with nature and animals. Cheese 2021 hosts a Cinematic Aperitif every day of the event as part of Progetto Cine.

A European project to reinforce cinema in smaller communities, in places where there are few if any opportunities for people to see films on the big screen. Progetto Cine affirms the importance of cinema as a place of social and cultural meeting point and as a tool for spreading the messages of environmental and food culture awareness among younger people. There’ll be four screenings in the Cheese program, all held at Biodiversity House.

And there’s more! As well as screenings of films and documentaries, there’ll be complementary events like tastings and debates involving people actively promoting environmental and gastronomic sustainability. At Cheese these natural aperitifs will feature natural cheeses made without industrial ferments, natural charcuterie without nitrites and nitrates, and wines made without chemical synthesis, selected yeasts or unnecessary enological manipulation.

The Cinematic Aperitif Program at Cheese

Three stories of agriculture to help reconsider nature, and reconsider the animal kingdom.

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The biggest little farm – September 17

The incredible true story of John and Molly Chester, a couple who escaped the city to realize their dream of starting an organic and environmentally-sustainable farm. Through a thousand difficulties, moments of exhilaration and disappointments the two protagonists learn to understand the rhythms of nature, and thus succeed in their task. Now their farm, Apricot Lane, extends over 200 acres and is home to around 850 animals and 75 biodynamically-cultivated crops.

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Tomorrow (Demain) – September 19

The predictions for the future that science and the media paint are increasingly worrying, if not catastrophic. yet there are lots of examples from recent times of concrete solutions to some of the problems we face with agriculture, energy, the economy, education and politics. One such solution is permaculture as practiced by Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer, while another is agroecology, which is explained here by journalist Marie-Monique Robin, or the struggle against the caste system in India as recounted by Elango Rangaswamy: virtuous model that are able to give us hope and optimism for tomorrow. Winner of the César Award for Best Documentary in 2016.

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To raise and rise – September 20

Industrialization and profitability have transformed the majority of French farms into overcrowded sheds that are home to cruel practices. Fortunately there are people like Laure, Nicolas, Annabelle and other farmers who’ve chosen a different path, offering a more dignified life to their animals. All these efforts are made worthwhile by the extraordinary bond these farmers have built with their animals, one that’s as necessary as it is deep. The documentary is a touching testimony to the commitment needed to enact change for a more better, cleaner and fairer food system.

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Raw milk dairy production


Raw: the resistance of farmers

Thibaut Fagonde and Jérôme Loisy document the traditional practices of the cheesemakers that enhance the qualities of the raw milk as a representation of their local biodiversity. Pristine landscapes, know-how and practices developed over centuries. The resistance of farmers takes us on a journey across fields full of animals, and right down to the microbiological nature of cheese, highlighting the difficulties of this trade as well as the pleasure of food and conviviality.

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