The Great Resistance

The Great Resistance

| 1 h 17 min
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In the 1930s, in the throes of the Great Depression, the government relocated more than 80,000 citizens to found a new settlement in the virgin forests of Quebec's Abitibi region. After enduring backbreaking work to clear the land, however, many left, seeking a better life in the city or as labourers for the large corporations that had come to exploit the North's valuable resources. The Lalancette family, however, have persisted in forging their future on the land from one generation to the next, earning their keep from farming, and defying the constraints of globalization and the mining and forestry companies that control the area. Revisiting the heritage of Quebec filmmakers who documented Abitibi, following in the footsteps of Pierre Perrault, among others, this documentary traces a defining chapter of Quebec history and raises fundamental questions about regional development.

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Credits
  • writer
    Denys Desjardins
  • camera
    Denys Desjardins
  • director
    Denys Desjardins
  • participation
    Hauris Lalancette
    Dany Lalancette
    Laurie Lalancette
    Monique Flamand-Lalancette
    Christyane Lalancette
    Annie Racicot
    Rafaël Lalancette
    Camille Lalancette
    Félix Lalancette
    Rébecca Lalancette
    André Desjardins
    Rosaire Guénette
  • research
    Denys Desjardins
  • sound recording
    Denys Desjardins
  • picture editing
    Elric Robichon
  • sound editing
    Martin Allard
    Patrice Leblanc
  • original music
    Simon Bellefleur
  • foley
    Stéphane Cadotte
  • re-recording
    Luc Léger
  • visual archives research
    Denys Desjardins
    Carole Varjabédian
  • music archives research
    Claire Bourbonnais
  • producer
    Johanne Bergeron
    Yves Bisaillon
  • executive producer
    Yves Bisaillon

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