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When The Swallows Fly Away

Sébastien Pins
Belgium, 2022, 19 min.

In French with English subtitles.
This film is family friendly.

AIFF Award Winner:
Best Documentary Short

In a small rural village, a young boy befriends Fernand and Andrée, a farmer couple who, at 80 years old, find themselves at trouble feeding their remaining livestock.

Director's Statement

As a director, I want to show a lifestyle where time seems to run differently, like the farmer who waits for the swallows' return in spring, or the child who loves feeding the farm animals... Long ago, a lot of farmers lived with only a few animals. They had a special attachment to their animals, who became part of their day-to-day life. It's this taste for the simple things and this admiration for the small joys in life that I'd like to share through this film. I'd also like to show through my pictures the failure of a life's work, witnessed by a child. But this child also understands that event though old age might weaken the farmers physically, their love for their animals doesn't wither. The film shows this way the importance of intergenerational links with all of the meaningful exchanges that they bring with them.

Category: Documentary.

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