In the fields of Notre Dame des Landes, in western France, stands a disobedient lighthouse. It was built far from the sea, exactly where the control tower of a new international airport was supposed to be built. This short 17 minute film documents its construction by a ragged crew – including deserting architects, an ex-homeless kid, art activists, a ceramicist, a few farmers and a genius welder whose day job was building the world’s biggest cruise-liners in France’s largest shipyard.
In January 2016 all legal procedures countering the airport project had run their course and construction was given the green light. Manuel Valls, ex-Interior Minister who had to pull back his troops from the zad in 2012, was now Prime Minister. “The government will not give in to intimidations by a minority of individuals, the laws of the republic will be applied to Notre-Dame-des-Landes like everywhere else” he asserted…
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