The 2022 program is out! Check out the following documents to have more information on the films offered in theater (“en salle”) or online (“en ligne”).
WED. 18 (Opening films)
19h30 : Histoires de mines et de nations
L’affaire silicose, Bruno Carrière, Canada 0:33:40 VOF
This documentary is about an illness affecting mine workers. In March 1948, Burton LeDoux, american journalist of french-canadian descent, sheds light on silicosis, the illness that killed dozens of mining workers in the Laurentians village of St-Rémi d’Ahmerst, already known to be “The Widows’ Village”.
La Cacophonie du Donbass, Igor Minaiev, Ukraine 1:01:36 VF-STF
The Donbass myth, as seen through archives and interviews, that show both the daily life of mining workers as seen through soviet propaganda, and the truth of deceit and manipulation, after the Russian aggression. The symphony of the Donbass became the cacophony of the Donbass.
16h30 : Le 20e siècle et ses errements
The Shadow Project, Teresa D’Elia, Canada 0:04:44 VO-STF
The Shadow Project is an art project hosted each year. It has taken place in over 250 cities worldwide, and in Hamilton (On.) by artist Bryce Kanbara (You Me Gallery). The event commemorates the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan and aims to raise awareness about the ongoing threat from nuclear proliferation.
Atomkraftwerk Zwentendorf, Hope Tucker, États-Unis 0:16:40 VO-STF
Forty years ago, in what was only the second referendum ever to be held in their country, Austrians voted against opening a nuclear power plant that had already been built. As the only nuclear power plant in the world to be built and never opened, Atomkraftwerk Zwentendorf is a monument to the power of public protest and the potential of a democratic vote.
Un robot à soi, Anne Gabrielle Lebrun Harpin, Canada 0:16:07 VOF
Marketing pitches between 1940 and 1970 lead to believe that new technologies facilitating household chores were responsible for women’s emancipation in the 20th century. By reusing commercials and television archives, this retrofuturist feminist essay questions this capitalist discourse in order to examine the relationship between women and technology.
L’expérience Ungemach, une histoire de l’eugénisme, Vincent Gaullier, Jean-Jacques Lonni, France 1:06:00 VOF
The Ungemach eugenics experiment, which received the approval of the authorities, political and scientific, was a subject of fascination the world over. And it will last more than 60 years. The film will weave connections between accounts from residents of the village, shocked to have been the unwitting guinea pigs of this experiment, along with those of historians and international specialists on these issues.
18h45 : Oublié.e.s de l’histoire
Nimeshkanaminan (Notre chemin), Yasmine Fontaine et Laura Fontaine, Canada 0:05:30 VOF
Two young Innu women take up the old roads of the past to revive the identity of their Nation; a tribute to the Elders, the territory and the Innu people.
Qu’est-ce que je te montrerai, Elie-John Joseph, Canada 0:09:32 VOF
In the tradition of direct cinema, “What Will I Show You” is an intimate documentary in which a grandfather and his grandson discuss the past and future of Innu culture.
Aniskenamakewin, Marie-Kristine Petiquay, Canada 0:10:30 VOF
Shot over three years during the Matakan Project’s cultural transmission camps in the Atikamekw community of Manawan, this documentary attempts to demonstrate the urgency of taking action to ensure the preservation of Atikamekw heritage and culture.
Northern Comfort: A Drive Around Town, Mélanie Lameboy, Canada 0:07:47 VO-STF
Being Metis and trilingual in Chisasibi, a community in the north, shines a light on the social dynamics between Crees and the non-natives.
I Am the Warrior, Tara Audibert, Canada 0:07:52 VO-STF
A mother and daughter Fox have a poor relationship. The daughter wants to right the wrongs the residential schools have commited to make her mother this way. She becomes the Warrior in her thoughts to save the young version of her mother, only to find her mother is the true Warrior after surviving Residential School.
La femme sans nom, l’histoire de Jeanne & Baudelaire,
Régine Abadia, France 0:54:10 VOF
The film tells the story of a black woman whose real name is not known and a white poet of considerable fame. Blinded by their racist prejudices, historians and biographers of the poet have been relentless in their attacks on Jeanne. This film aims to rehabilitate the woman who inspired some of the most beautiful poems in the French language.
21h : Le temps des cerises
Pelures, Marine Longuet, France 0:16:43 VOF
In the 1930’s, a woman answers questions from an American journalist. Suzanne Noël, a renowned plastic surgeon, recalls her beginnings working with shattered faces during the First World War. She tells of the reparative work she performed, surrounded by other women, in the suspended space and time that is war.
Les damnés de la Commune, Raphaël Meyssan, France 1:30:00 VOF
In the 1860s, Paris growls. As misery grows, popular unrest amplifies. Napoleon III targets Prussia as a surrogate enemy, but in september 1870, he is taken prisoner and the capital is besieged. Parisians refuse to surrender and organise a Commune, proclaimed on march 28 1871, that will be violently repressed.
14h30 : Afghanistan
Massoud, l’héritage, Nicolas Jallot, France 1:31:37 VOF
This film tells the story of the legenday commander Massoud, from his youth to his murder, on September 9, 2001. The portrait of the man and his people is seen through his son, Ahmad. With the return of the Talibans and the menace of a terrorist state in Afghanistan, Massoud’s heritage is as timely as ever.
16h30 : Vestiges
Nos vestiges, Pierrick Chilloux, France 0:24:00 VOF
Emma, an archeo-anthropologist, attends human remains in their post-mortem journey. The film shows three spaces in which the French institutions take care of such ancient remains and how difficult it is for archeologists to actually know how their findings will be classified and treated.
Les mystères de la tapisserie de Bayeux, Alexis de Favitski, France 1:30:00 VOF
The Bayeux Tapestry, still preserved in Normandy, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This immense embroidery of nearly 70 meters long recounts the invasion of the Kingdom of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror. An unparalleled medieval odyssey and the advent of the feudal system in Europe. That of the end of the last Vikings.
19h : Mémoires de villes
Not Forgotten, Matthew Lorenz, Canada 0:06:00 VO-STF
Jack “Torchy” Peden grew up in Fort McMurray surrounded by the once-thriving, but now forgotten shipping industry. The fight to preserve the rich history of the region continues for him, even after the success of the Heritage Shipyard project he started with the local Heritage Society.
This Bond I and Bondi, Carolyn Saul, Australie 0:10:00 VO-STF
When the once familiar streets and buildings of the place you grew up in become something else, how do you reconcile your relationship with that place? What happens to your sense of ‘home’? “This Bond i and Bondi” is a rumination on memories, change and a very special place.
La ville d’un rêve, Annabel Loyola, Canada 1:14:00 VOF
Montreal was born from a dream, that of individuals who believed a better world was possible in New France. Who were those people? What ideal was theirs? The answers are in a 17th century manuscript, which could possibly be the lost memoirs of Jeanne Mance. The film revisits this narrative where the past resonates with humanist values.
21h : Histoire de cinéma
La voz de Thaïs, David Casals Roma, Espagne 1:26:37 VO-STF
Elena Jordi was the first woman to direct a film in Spain. Carla Mingueza, a young actress, goes in the search of “Thaïs” the only film that Elena Jordi made, which is actually considered lost. In that search, Carla will discover who Elena Jordi was and the tragic end of her life and her film.
13h15 : Histoire de conflit mondial
The Man is Going, Svetlana Nikolaenko, Russie 0:15:24 VO-STF
Siege Leningrad, hotel Astoria, where in 1941 there was a hospital for workers of arts and sciences. The main character, violinist Anastasia, can not come to terms with the death of her sister. In Astoria, she meets different people who help her to forgive herself and take a step forward to live on.
Avant la catastrophe, Jean Bulot, France 0:52:00 VOF
Through the eyes and words of french press correspondents, the film recalls the rise of the national-socialist party as the main political force of Germany in the 1930-1933 period. In the face of this unstoppable force, what do foreign journalists perceive of the upheaval ahead?
Secrets d’ambassades-Berlin 1933/1939, Pierre-Olivier François, France 0:52:00 VOF
January 1933, the world discovers Adolf Hitler. The eyes and ears of states were their ambassadors. Via their secret dispatches, personal archives and exceptional unpublished images, we discover their cries of alert. Why didn’t the states listen to them? Could we have avoided World War II? These are the basic questions of this breathless chronicle.
15h45 : Mémoires d’Empire
Fantasmas do Império, Ariel de Bigault, Portugal 1:52:00 VO-STF
Ghosts of an Empire explores the colonial imagination of Portuguese cinema since the beginning of the 20th century. As a contrast to the productions that related imperial domination, films and gazes of previous generations, unmask the reality of colonial exploitation that still inhabit memories today.
18h : Personnages du Québec
Georges Schwartz, le contestataire, Robert Frosi et Sylvain Caron, Canada 0:52:00 VOF
After having seen his family disappear in the camps, Georges Schwartz becomes jeweler and will eventually move to Canada, where he will also become a gifted sports journalist. Today, the 92 year old man tells his story in a compelling tribute film.
Mon père de la révolution tranquille, Jean-Pierre Dussault, Canada 0:57:00 VOF
Seen by historians as one of the fathers of the Quiet revolution in Québec, George-Émile Lapalme is still a widely unknown political figure. Seen through the eyes of his son Roger Lapalme, the films brings back to life the struggles of this highly moral and intellectual man.
20h15 : Soirée spéciale Éléphant – Mémoire du cinéma québécois:
15 février 1839, Pierre Falardeau, Québec, 2001 VOF
After the Patriots’ insurrections of 1837, nearly a hundred are still captives and sentenced to death. Among them, Marie-Thomas Chevalier De Lorimier and Charles Hindelang learn they will be hanged on February 15, 1839. The film recalls their last 24h, their doubts, fears, hopes, in the face of death, their death, as their only certitude.
15h : Femmes et nazisme
Wartime Portraits. Women – Halina Szymańska, Jędrzej Bączyk, Pologne 0:30:00 VO-STF
Halina Szymańska was the wife of the last Polish military attaché in Berlin. After the outbreak of World War II, she met the head of the german spy service who was a member of the anti-Nazi organization Schwarze Kappelle. As a result of this meeting, Halina becomes a Polish-British MI6 spy. Undoubtedly, she significantly contributed to the Allies gaining an advantage over Germany.
Les femmes dans le projet nazi, Christian Delage, France 1:44:00 VOF
This film sheds light on the place and role of women in the third Reich. It is a paradoxe: the nazi regime, wanting to keep women in traditional roles, actually gave many of them unprecedented agency by granting them positions which they undertook in both honor and horror.
17h30 : Mémoire matérielle, mémoire idéelle
Talisman, Henri Colomer, France 1:23:00 VOF
Brief stories coming together around a recurring motif: the words, the signs, the trifles which help us to hold on in difficult times. Objects, intimate and simple, tell the story of memories related to grand or small history, to remember better days, to imagine other ones.
19h30 : (Closing films) Mémoires maritimes
Le roi du golfe, Robert Tremblay, Canada 0:51:56 VOF
The film takes us on the path of a ship, long gone, which disappeared in the Gulf of the St.Lawrence, La Canadienne. We also discover the life and times of commanding officer Pierre-Étienne Fortin, little known hero in the history of this country.
Le cul pointu, James Gray et Marie-Christine Lavoie, Canada 1:05:22 VOF
In 2018, three Madelinots cherishing their traditions came together to realize a dream: to build, for the first time in 25 years, a “cul pointu”, a type of fishing boat used for many years by fishermen of the Magdalen Islands.
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Nous sommes venus, José Vieira, France, 2020
Sous la forme d’une lettre adressée à sa fille, José Vieira relie la mosaïque des images et crée un espace qui n’existe pas, celui de la rencontre et de l’échange entre les exilés Portugais en France dans les années 1960 et ceux d’aujourd’hui.
Journal d’un exil, Patrick Basso, France, 2021
September 1939. In Ludelange, in Moselle, Odette is 16 when the war breaks out. For her and 300 000 other Mosellans, a new life beguins, marked by the war and by an exile that takes them throughout France.
La ligne de démarcation, une France coupée en deux, Vincent de Cointet, France, 2021
Between June 1940 and March 1943, a line separated the French people within their own country. This 1200 km long frontier fractured France in two. How did the French people experienced this unprecedented trial? How did they work, love made business when all passage was blocked? And how did they cross this line when their security was at risk?
Été ‘44, un train pour l’enfer, Pierre Belet, France, 2021
A lesser known tragedy of the Second World War. In the summer of 1944, after the allied walked over Normandy and Provence, 700 deported prisoners were packed in a train leaving Toulouse and reached its final destination of Dachau camp, after 57 days and 160 escapees. This train, one of the last ones to leave for the death camps, carried resistants of all origins.
Les traverses, Félix Besson, France, 2022
Olivier, from southern Alps, endeavours at finding the traces of thousands of workers who built the railway from Nice to Digne-les-Bains. His quest encounters the daily struggles of both railwaymens and users against the abandonment of this mountain line.
Le Monde de Marcel Proust, Thierry Thomas, France, 2021
With images of the French Belle Époque and curated exerpts, this film attempts to find the “lost time” and save it from oblivion. Spectators are immersed in a long gone era to feel the life and times of a monument of French literature which represents the very idea of time passing.
The West Indies Fleet, Antonio Pérez Molero, Espagne, 2021
The discovery of America influenced two continents that had remained separate and completely absent between each other. That connection will be the Indian Fleets, one of the most successful naval systems in history, which with its constant navigation for more than two centuries, will end up transforming the New World.
New Deal, l’audace d’un homme, Julia Bracher, France, 2021
Since the Crash of 1929, misery installs and seems impossible to chase away. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32 American President, holds a deceivingly simple plan : to give hope back to the people. The “New Deal”, with a name like an advertisement, paints the face of America in the 1930s and the challenges a public policy withstands in the face of crisis.
La décolonisation britannique. L’art de filer à l’anglaise, Deborah Ford, France, 2019
Memory led us to think that british decolonization was, overall, of peaceful, civil and exemplary process. Contrarily to other colonial powers, Their Majesty’s government would have assured their colonies a peaceful transition towards independence. However, this film shows that British decolonization was not such a quiet river.
La Grippe espagnole, la grande tueuse, Paul Le Grouyer, France, 2021
In April 1918, as Europe is still caught up in the Great war, a severe flu unfurls on all continents. Wrongly named “Spanish Flu”, the virus hits for two years, causing between 50 and 100 million deaths before disappearing into oblivion. What lessons can this tragedy teach us?
Résistantes. Tes cheveux démêlés cachent une guerre de sept ans, Fatima Sissani, France-Suisse-Algérie, 2017
At the dusk of life, three women engaged with the FLN in Algeria’s independence war tell their stories after decades of silence. They tell us about colonial Algeria, segregation, racism, torture and also solidarity, liberty, as well as resourcing nature, appeasing landscapes and the music that heals the soul.
Far West, l’histoire oubliée, Mathilde Damoisel et Thomas Van Houtryve, France, 2021
A photographer confronts America’s collective amnesia and reveals the obliterated past of the Far West, that of the pre 1848 frontier, and the annexation of Mexican territories : Texas, California and New Mexico. With him, we meet men and women of diverse origins of were “crossed” by a frontier they didn’t cross themselves, but who made them strangers to each other.
François Englert, Nobel et rebelle, Chantale Anciaux, Belge, 2020
Stockholm, 2013: the Nobel prize of physics catalyzes the mind of professor François Englert. He, who always kept his secret of having been a hidden child, reveals how the international recognition of the Higgs boson’s discovery led him to tell his memories. The film follows along as the man tells of a rebellious life and a dissident spirit.
Pearl Harbor, le monde s’embrase, David Korn-Brzoza, France, 2021
Hawaii, Pacific Ocean. In these paradise islands occured, just 80 years ago, one of the most decisive operations of Second World War. On December 7 1941, at 7:53, Japan unleased the American war machine as they threw a surprise attack against the american fleet in Pearl Harbor.
Rodolphe Forget : Précurseur du Québec inc., Marie-Hélène Grenier, Canada, 2021
For a long time, Quebecers have been led to believe that their economic history began in 1960 and that before that date, everything was just misery and darkness. “Rodolphe Forget, precursor of Quebec Inc.” tells a different story. Discover this pioneer of finance in Quebec, successful businessman, politician and philanthropist.
Bêtes de guerre, Éric Beauducel, France, 2020
The military history of animals is surprising : from American navy dolphins to the French pigeons of the Great War, from Monte Cassino’s mules to the camels of the Sahara, they were in every war. In 1914, 40 millions were enrolled, this number rose to 30 millions in the Second World war, in projects as difficult and surprising as they were cruel.
La dynastie Morozov ou l’art à la folie, Tania Rakhmanova, France, 2020
In the beginning of the 20th century, Mikhaïl and Ivan Morozov, two brothers, collected in only a few years one of the most impressive modern art collections before losing everything in the turmoils of history. With the stories of past witnesses, the Morozov dynasty tells the story of an incredible art collection.
En guerre(s) pour l’Algérie, Rafael Lewandowski, France, 2022
The Algerian war shaped the nation of Algeria and its political outlook since 1962. The attack that Brahim witnesses on board his bus on November 1st 1954 marks the beginning of the Algerian war of liberation. The colonial regime established by France in Algeria since 1830 was destabilized. France did not see it coming. And yet..
My father’s Journey, Xiaodan He, Canada, 2020
Along the constant political upheavals and the assimilation of the dominant culture in China, living today in his village like an isolated isle surrounded by the “ghost towns” and the massive tourists, how an individual of 80 has built his own spiritual castle to protect himself and his minority’s frail yet precious culture.
Une histoire d’amour sous l’occupation italienne, Audrey Gordon, France, 2021
From June 1940 to September 1943, the Italian army occupied several departments in the South of France. Thousands of Jews took refuge there. But in September 1943 the armistice between Italy and the Allies was signed and signaled the arrival of German troops in the area. Italian soldiers fled into the mountains to cross the border into Italy, bringing many Jews with them. Among the travellers, two lovers: Rima Dridso Levin, a Russian Jew, and Federico Strobino, a catholic Italian officer.
Firestorm ’77 The True Story of the Honda Canyon Fire, Chris Hite, Dennis Ford, USA, 2020
A combination of hurricane-force winds and the snapping of an electrical pole starts the Honda Canyon Fire early in the morning of December 20, 1977. Over a thousand people consisting of professional firemen and military personnel fight the fire. Firestorm ’77 recounts the confusion and chaos of December 1977 as told by those that were there on the front lines.
Madinat al-Zahra, la cité perdue d’Al-Andalus, Stéphane Bégoin, Thomas Marlier, France, 2022
In the 10th century, calife Abd al-Rahman III order to build in Andalucia a colossal city. Its reputation will run from east to West. Nicknamed « Versailles of Al-Andalus », Madinat Al-Zahra is seen today as one of the most important Islam archaeological sites in the world.
La France catholique face à la Shoah, Marie-Christine Gambart, France, 2020
How did catholic France take the right measure of the Shoah? Did it do enough, or not? These questions inhabit the catholic community and French society at large and this film offers a detailed and nuanced point of view on the relationship between catholic church in France and the Vichy authorities.
Les Marches de la mort : Printemps 1944 – Printemps 1945, Virginie Linhart, France, 2021
In this film, Virginie Linhart interviews witnesses and former deported prisoners who recall horrors and exactions committed during the deathly marches that followed the evacuation of baltic and polish camps towards Germany and Austria.
Des traîtres dans la résistance, Patrick Benquet, France, 2021
During the Second World War, most French resistance organisations have been infiltrated by traitors and spies serving German occupation. This little known history sheds new light on the history of both German repression and French resistance.
Gift of the Glaciers – How the Ice Ages Shaped Europe, Heiko De Groot, Allemagne, 2022
The ice shield was several kilometres thick when it pushed a huge wall of rubble from Scandinavia towards Central Europe. The debris became Denmark and Northern Germany. The meltwater divided France and England. This documentary shows how Europe was literally a ‘Gift of the Glaciers’ and how its population will successfully adapt to its geography.
Dr Biermans, A True Story, Olivier Vandersleyen, Belgique, 2021
This is the story of a Dutch self-made man who showed his abilities as an entrepreneur and an advocate of social welfare in Canada. He worked on the construction of the first railway line of the Congo before being sent to Canada in 1900 in Shawinigan to set up a paper mill, the Belgo. A philanthropist, he financed universities and institutions.
Passage to Sweden, Suzannah Warlick, USA, 2021
A compelling story of the events occurring in Scandinavia and Hungary during World War II and the heroic actions of the people who saved thousands of Jewish lives. Sweden’s geographic location and its role in the war, changed the fate of thousands of Jews.
La place des choses, Baptiste Aubert, Suisse, 2022
In Belgium, in the post-industrial city of Verviers, a group of men collects and repairs old textile machines, inspiring the filmmaker to do the same. Through the ethnography of these two collections, the film questions the objects that cross our lives and explores our relationship to memory and the past.
Bullets over Marseille, Gordan Matic, Serbie, 2021
The film is based on a transcript from the trial assassins on the french Minister Louis Barthue and King Alexander of Yugoslavia in Marseille, le 9 October 1934. The thesis of the film is that World War II started that day in Marseille and the first victim was the two European greatest peacemaker of that time.
Les résistants de Mauthausen, Barbara Necek, France, 2022
200,000 deported. 120,000 dead. An camp of death through labour, the terrible Mauthausen. But in this living hell, some managed to achieve the impossible : to steal and exfiltrate 1,000 photographs in order to have evidence against their executioners. In this camp, they were not deportees but resistance fighters!
Documentary Nascent, Shem Fleenor, États-Unis, 2022
An illuminated version of “Glimpse of Wonders,” the first chapter in Erik Barnouw’s Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. This short film examines the nascent decades of filmmaking — from Pierre Janssen, Eadward Muybride, Thomas Edison, the Lumiere Brothers, and other notable pioneers of an entirely new artform.
All for Money: a painting by Mary Perry, Rami Streng, États-Unis, 2019
The 1939 oil, “All For Money,” reflects the artist Mary Perry’s concerns. Mary was one of the forty women sculptors on the New York City Federal Art Project during the 1930s. Her daughter, Ramie Streng shares what she learned about the painting and the times.
Cinema and Sanctuary, Dave Davidson, États-Unis, 2019
The astonishing and little-known story of the first documentary film school in America. The Film Institute exposed generations of working class kids raised on Hollywood movies to the power of documentary film. When the president vowed to shut the Institute down, outraged students responded in protest, staging a ‘cinematic invasion’ of his house in the spirit of school’s figure Hans Richter’s DADA political theatre.
Las Masacres de Chalatenango, Juan Andres Bello, Canada, 2021
In the early 1980s, at the beginning of the Civil War in El Salvador, thousands of unarmed civilians were killed in the Chalatenango area. For these communities, historical memory is the only way to seek justice and to prevent these atrocities from happening again.
La fabuleuse histoire du cinéma Beaubien, Geneviève Mallette, Canada, 2021
The documentary sheds light on the Beaubien cinema, a charming little cinema in the Rosemont district of Montreal. In the early 2000s, thanks to the mobilization of citizens, filmmakers, traders and politicians, the cinema was able to free itself from its old name, Le Dauphin, to become the Cinéma Beaubien and continue to exist.
Première Vague, Max Dufaud, Reda Lahmouid, Kevin T. Landry, Rémi Fréchette, Canada, 2021
March 12, 2020. COVID-19 has just been declared a global pandemic, confinement measures are being implemented all across the world. Fanny, Samuel, Marianne and Daniel, four Montrealers from very different backgrounds, must now adapt to this new reality. What they believe to be a temporary situation will turn into a long ordeal that will change their lives forever. Between reality and fiction, Première vague is a portrait of the first 100 days of the pandemic in the city of Montreal, Canada.
Die Ietzten augenzeugen, Maik Gieszler, Allemagne, 2020
The Second World war is now far in the past, only a few people can report on what shaped Thuringia significantly. Four eyewitnesses talk about their experiences of the end of the war in 1945 in the Grammetal near Weimar, in the immediate vicinity of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
Trois saisons de Sarony, Christian Fleury, Canada, 2019
Ce documentaire présente la vie du photographe Napoléon Sarony en trois parties, telles les saisons de sa vie. On découvre l’approche artistique de l’artiste, son sens des affaires et sa bataille pour le respect de ses droits d’auteurs. Parallèlement, trois photographes contemporains aux parcours bien établis partagent leurs réflexions à l’égard de leurs doutes et de leurs motivations.