An intimate portrait of three farms in Penwith Cornwall filmed over a year.

Farming is dramatically changing and small traditional family farms are few and far between. Young people born into farming are choosing not to follow in their ancestor’s footsteps – what is the future of farming in rural communities such as West Cornwall?

‘Farming Families’ is a personal, insightful journey into the lives of three families and their traditional Cornish farms; it tells the story of dairy, sheep and cattle farming – but ultimately it tells the story of 6 people and their daily struggle to keep their traditions alive. The three families were filmed to reflect the diverse farming community of West Cornwall over a year-long participatory film and the changes they face in 21st century Britain.

The cycle of the seasons plays strongly in the narrative of the film as we see the three families during their highs and lows. The films style and pace reflects the changing seasons and explores the spaces between juxtaposing themes; nature/nurture, beauty/harshness, harmony/disharmony, summer/winter.

‘Farming Families’ formed part of a larger participatory arts project with the three farms that culminated in an exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery and online.

Director/Producer : Barbara Santi

Completed : 2007


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