Film: Questioning Europe. A Portrait of Philosopher Ton Lemaire

Jan van Boeckel

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Ton Lemaire is a Dutch anthropologist and philosopher who left the Netherlands in the 1980's to start a new way of life in southern France as organic farmer. Ton Lemaire lives almost completely of his own grown food. He uses hardly any mechanical or electrical facilities. In this film, Lemaire explains why it was impossible for him to stay in the Netherlands and what his view is on the current ecological and spiritual crisis of the West. Western man, believing in perpetual progress, has set all his hopes on the future. And because of that, he has sacrificed much knowledge and many traditions. This means, that in case the industrial system would collapse, he could be standing with empty hands. For Lemaire it is of utmost importance that archaic cultural elements, which have been set aside by the dynamic of progress, are regained in time, to help correct the course our culture is taking at the moment. 1996, 50 minutes, Dutch link to film subtitles (only in Dutch)
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1996
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art


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