four seasons on the Provence Railway System
Documentary 52mn. 2011
Author : Christian PASSUELLO
Production : Les Films du Sud
TV broadcasting : France 3
Provence Railway System (Chemin de Fer de Provence),
alias "the pine cone train " connects the
cities of Nice and Digne in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Through its
history and the magnificent landscapes it crosses, this railway is both
a curiosity for visitors and an indispensable method of communication
for the inhabitants of Haut Pays.
A link between the Mediterranean and the Alps, an integral part of the
overall economic development and of its regional tourism, this train
nevertheless owes its existence to the mobilization of local elected
officials and the residents of the valleys it services.
The history of the "pine cone train", from
its creation to present day, is quite enlightening. It speaks of our
times and of a changing society. The existence of this railway line and
its future raises questions about our relationship to the environment
but also the concepts of financial profit, solidarity, public service,
and sustainable development, subjects at the heart of our concerns today.
We will travel through the seasons, winter, spring, summer and fall,
in time and in space, at the heart of an extraordinary nature, between
mountain and sea.