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A film on five strongholds of vanishing French traditions. Beautiful images, remarkable rural people. Is this really the 21st century?
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In the 18 years that I've lived in rural South West of France I've met some very intriguing people with extaordinary lives and occupations. Two families in my own little village have been the subject of earlier documentaries,  of which 'La Valse Muette ' was broadcasted on Dutch television.                                                                                                  

In "Petites Merveilles du Sud-Ouest" / 'Marvels of the South West '  you can witness five strongholds of local French traditions. I've been very lucky to meet the people I hope to introduce to you, since one could easily oversee their beautiful presence. 

All the filming has been done and an off-line edit has been realised together with my friend, Jan Ketelaars. I can say that I'm very happy with the result. An other friend, Tomas Postema has offered to make the music for the film.

What remains to be done is studio work to turn the material into a proper film; on-line editing, color correction and sound design.

I'm looking for help to pay for the input of a professional studio and their specialists to finish the film.

Depuis les 18 ans que je vie dans le Sud-Ouest, j' ai fait connaissance à des gens fascinants avec des vies et des activités extraordinaires. Deux familles dans mon village sont étés portaité dans des documentaire précédents, et un des ces deux films, 'La Valse Muette' a été diffusé par une chaîne en Hollande.

Pour mon nouveau film "Petites Merveilles du Sud-Ouest" j'ai filmé cinq bastions d' anciens traditions. On voit des personnages hors du commun qui toujours pratiquent des anciens métiers et j' espère de pouvoir partager leurs beauté avec vous, car petit à petit ils sont devenus un espéce rare.

J'ai terminé le tournage. Un montage ' off-line' a été accomplie , grâce à un ancien prof d' école d' art et ami Jan Ketelaars. A ce jour, après des moments difficiles, je peux dire que je suis très heureuse avec le résultat. Un autre ami, Tomas Postema, a proposé de faire la musique.

Pour transformer le ' off-line' à un film de qualité professionnel, il reste des séances dans un studio professionnel pour faire un montage ' on-line' et 'sound design'.

Pour financer le studio et ses spécialistes, je suis à la recherche d'aide au tour de moi.

Risks and challenges

'Petites Merveilles du Sud-Ouest' documents a disappearing way of life in South West of France and will appeal to its habitants. At the same time the film is a mirror that reflects the changes in our society, and it reminds us of certain values that people from the countryside appreciate as well as -more and more- city dwellers do.
I hope to be able to show the film in festivals in both my countries and in French small-town cinemas; I have all the right people around me to finish "Petites Merveilles du Sud-Ouest' in a quality that permits broadcasting on television. If the funding is realized and a proper on-line edit is done I will approach firstly the Dutch channel 'Human' , that has already broadcasted one of my films and France 3 , where a fair number of local productions are broadcasted.

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