The Poetics of Land


A journey through the stories, ideas and images of land and people in Bengal, from Epic times to Nandigram


It was first conceived in 2008 when Marc was living in Calcutta and became involved in the debates triggered by the dramatic events of Nandigram concerning landless peasants and sharecroppers who fought for their survival on the land where they had lived for centuries – a land coveted by industrial projects for the sake of development. Over the next six years, Marc interviewed West Bengali farmers, poets, corporate executives, economists, artists, filmmakers, writers, activists and politicians. What emerged is a fascinating look into the conflict between the ideas of growth and development which is both timely and relevant.

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Marc Hatzfeld

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