Jacqueline Veuve

Cinéaste et ethnologue (1930-2013)

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Selection of films (synoptical view of the films by subject) back    

Peasants

Un petit coin de paradis...

2008. HDCam, 16:9, colour, 85 min.

This is the story of the life reborn of Ossona, a hamlet in Val d'Hérens in the Valais canton, which was abandoned in the sixties and has now become the pilot project for an agro-tourism site. From 2005 to 2008, we followed the restoration of this site listed as a sustainable development zone, and those involved in the project.
Some of them are aged between 14 and 16 years old and were born in … [to the detail page]

Market Day

2002. 35mm/Beta/VHS, colour, 90 min.

Every Tuesday and Saturday, in the middle of the small town of Vevey in the canton of Vaud, one of the most beautiful country markets of Switzerland is held.
Here, market gardeners, mushroom pickers, fishermen and flower vendors sell the produce of their effort and their passion on which the rules of world trade are very harsh.
Market Day pays them homage.

A Peasant Chronicle in Gruyère

1990. 16mm/Beta/VHS, colour, 100 min.

The shooting of this peasant chronicle in the Gruyere region lasted a whole year, from July 1989 to July 1990. A year of work and festivities in the family of Conrad and Louise Bapst, their children and grandchildren who live in La Roche (canton of Fribourg). In summer, part of the family goes up with the herd to the upper pastures, and for the next 3 months, will move 6 times, as the grass for … [to the detail page]

Salt of the Earth

2002. 35mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 27 min.

While filming «Market Day», we followed for a whole year from 2001 to 2002 a farming family from Primapraz (Puidoux, Vaud). Day by day, in all seasons, throughout the multitude of chores (market gardening, caring for the animals, cows, chickens, rabbits, baking bread, braiding buns, making jam) carried out by Rémy and Corinne Chevalley, their four children, and their parents, Micheline and … [to the detail page]

The Bapst Brothers, Carriers

1989. 16mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 26 min.

The Bapst Brothers: Romain, Maurice and Jacques – whom we will also meet in The Gruyere Chronicle (produced in 1990) – are peasants and carriers and work with their father. In autumn and winter, they bid for the community’s wood, cut down the pine trees and bring down the logs through the snowy woods by horse-drawn sleigh.

The Meat Basket

1966. 16mm, Beta, VHS, b/w, 25 min.

An ethnographic documentary about a local butchering tradition called the bouchoyage that is being lost. On this consecrated day of hard labor, an itinerant butcher called Tzacaion (usually a peasant) goes from farm to farm to slaughter the pigs with his own tools.

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