Should We Hold On to Our Family’s Land? | Op-Docs

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Mom and Dad move from the farm in 1985 yeah, that’s a long time. I sold the farm and drove by it. I don’t know how I feel it was because it was part of your life, not that you would own it, but you would steal feel what it’s shaped you. It would be really hard to give up very, very hard. One of the favorite places is the front step sitting there talking to Mom and Dad talking to my sister talking to friends, pet, the cat. That’S one of my favorite places. I think we sprinkle some ashes there because of all the chat. I think Dad was one of those lucky people who was born in a place. He really, I don’t know if everybody gets that in like he’ll of prairies, he loved the farm as he got older. I think he she really loved us. A lot to the farm was very important was a very important to him. We were important, but I think he just raising us. I think he thought he had to be Stern and as the Aged ceiling doesn’t have to be so rude after mom died. I went to the post office in town and the gal who works. There said he, no I’m so sorry about your mom. She said when I first moved to this town. Your mom was one of the first people who spoke to me and maybe feel welcome. Then she said your mom was so direct yeah. My heart was breaking at the time, but I kept thinking, don’t forget that weird direct direct direct and it was one of the most delightful things about her. I could ramble on about them, but that summarizes some of it. In my mind we would go back, but when you’re younger, you always think you could do everything. You really could do everything you could live in Europe for awhile and have a house here. Time doesn’t work out that way, 16 hour drive is still a long ways to go, doesn’t fit in the same way that used to I miss the solitude being able to see this guy. I miss the weather, not that it’s all good, but when you live with no wind, you miss it. The sound of the cow’s calling and his friends little after when it was really cold, the telephone wires. They sang for the beautiful residents sound and there was that long, distant, sound of a car way, far away, and then it comes and then disappear, and on a long weekend. Mom would be like all that traffic all the traffic mom said. I remember her saying that operated and dads with the little more failed in that he said: they’re not making any more land and you kind of Drew from that – maybe should keep it for a while wild and crazy hope. It’S that somebody from the families that I’d like to go and live in Saskatchewan. I think for a long time, you’re comfortable, not thinking about it, and then you, you start to realize that you will have to make decisions about things but possessions about all objects. But there’s a certain amount of excitement about the concept of saving something when you go there, there’s this in a sense of situational barring that always feels stable. The sky looks same in the land, looks the same cuz, it’s the Contours, don’t change, but everything’s a little rougher. Everything is a little worn. Certain things are disappearing. When we go home, we go to the cemetery, you just walk around and you remember people. It’S a comfort, and sometimes when I walking with the dog and the moon is out here. I think it’s shining on them to
What place in your life carries the most memories? For the family of director Lewis Bennett, it is unquestionably the now abandoned farm in Saskatchewan where his mother and aunt grew up. But even though nobody has lived there for decades, the family has held on to the land, whether out of nostalgia or in the unlikely hope that a family member will move back to take up the farming life again. In “Holding On to the Farm,” Bennett’s beautiful new Op-Doc, we float through and around the farm and the Canadian prairie that surrounds it, while voices of the family remember what life was like there — and why it still matters.

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