La Ligne de Partage des Eaux (Watershed)
Director Dominique Marchais. French documentarian, geographer, and tireless explorer Dominique Marchais is well-known in Europe for his reflective and visually stunning essays on complicated rural themes and issues. His latest, Ridgeline Watershed, deals with the state of France’s Loire River—its many sources and small towns, and the surrounding farmlands irrigated by the Loire and its tributaries—a region that forms an entire ecosystem. As seen through the eyes of those who live there, the people completely dependent on the watershed’s long-term conservation and preservation, there are many long-standing issues to be dealt with, many lessons still to be learned. This intricate analysis is superbly orchestrated by Marchais, who never interferes in the narrative, but instead crafts a chronicle of remarkable depth and complexity, allowing the local people to shape their own story—a tale that has significant implications for the future of the planet. 2013, France, 104 mins.
Sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association