Fields of Demeter
Our story is in the land….
It is written in the sacred places.
My children will look after those places,
That's the law…
(Bill Neidjie, 1985)
The film highlights the life values of the people for whom European landscape is their homeland. The landscape is not only a physical entity; but has an intellectual content. Memories, myths, and ideas relating to the land are invisible factors.
The film focus on relations between the younger generation and the European landscape heritage e.g. the landscapes of marginal Europe. We will see national and international authorities restoring landscapes heritage for the public and how involvement by the coming generation will mitigate landscape diversity loss.
We will see their daily life in these landscapes where values are handed down from generations of the past, mirrored within people and cultural traditions. Bearing in mind the range of variation in European environments, one expects to encounter a similar range in landscape heritage diversity, but the diversity is actually less as European landscapes share cultural similarities. Constants are part of a more general pattern in the relation between man and nature.
The Greek goddess of fertility, Demeter, lost her only daughter to the realm of the dead for half the year. In this way the seasons were born. Demeter gave agriculture to mankind, for them to survive the unfruitful winter.
For thousands of years the gift of Demeter has shaped and reshaped nature. Pristine nature no longer exists. Gentle, traditional agriculture has created the diverse cultural landscapes of Europe; they are part of our heritage and contribute to our culture and identity.
“Fields of Demeter” is a voyage through the visible and invisible European cultural landscape. With the power of the eagle two young girls set out on a journey to experience the history, diversity, myths and people in the cultural landscape.
The challenge for the future is to maintain the fields of Demeter and the people who sensitively work the land. The landscape and its wonders belong to future generations.