Tous au Larzac (Leader-Sheep) (2011) Film. Director : Christian Rouaud

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Seated in his office in Paris, one day of October 1971, Michel Debré, minister of the Defence declares: We choose the Larzac as it is a deprived land. With no prior dialogue, his decision to extend the military camp of the Larzac is made. The first reaction of the peasants is radical: “If they want our farms and lands, we’ll leave them dead and we won’t be the only dead around” He sets an unanimous wave of protestations and resistances; the beginning of an amazing struggle, that will last for ten years until the elections for Presidency of May 1981.

How did a group of isolated farmers, clueless about politics, manage to win a fight against the French government’s decision to extend a military camp over their land? Deep in the French countryside, 103 families made an oath to unite and defend their land. As a result, this small area became the birthplace of the anti-globalization movement in France. Yet they did not use weapons to defend themselves, only tractors and sheep. This documentary focuses on the inhabitants’ 10-year long struggle for justice and freedom.   (Imdb)

One day of October 1971, Michel Debré, the Minister of Defense, decides to enlarge the military camp of the Larzac. With no prior dialogue with the farmers, he intends to extend the military camp from 3.000 to 14.000 hectares. From his office in Paris, he states: « We choose the Larzac as it is a deprived land. »

He had no idea then that he sets an unanimous wave of protestations. An amazing struggle starts, that will last for ten years until the elections for Presidency in 1981, when France has chosen, for the first time in this regime, a left wing president, François Mitterrand. –Cannes Film Festival

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