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Aftermath: The Legacy of Suicide

Aftermath: The Legacy of Suicide

| 50 min

This documentary looks at how children deal with a parent who has died by suicide. Meet 3 people who lost their fathers to suicide at an early age but learned the truth much later, after years of confusion, grief and guilt. In French with English subtitles.

  • participant
    Anne-Marie Bégin
    Caroline Bégin
    Claire Bégin
    Jean-Olivier Bégin
    Ariane Lussier-Thuot
    Éléonore Lussier-Thuot
    Robert Thuot
    Sarah Villeneuve
  • writer
    Lisa Fitzgibbons
  • director
    Lisa Fitzgibbons
  • script consultant
    Georgette Duchaine
  • director of photography
    François Vincelette
  • director of photography - assistant
    Pierre Lachapelle
  • location sound
    Marie-France Delagrave
  • picture editing
    Sarah Bachinski
  • sound design
    Daniel Toussaint
  • music editing
    Daniel Toussaint
  • production manager
    Doris Lapierre
  • consulting psychologist
    Sophie Péchère
  • additional research
    Mireille Vézeau
  • stills photographer
    Brian Deines
  • dialogue editor
    Francine Poirier
  • narration
    Lisa Fitzgibbons
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • online editing
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • titles
    Louise Overy
  • subtitles
    Kathleen Fleming
  • technical coordination
    Marysol Moran
  • distribution officer
    Nicole Côté
  • administrative assistant
    Joanne Bélisle
  • assistant to the producer
    Françoise Dutan
  • producer (development)
    Yves Bisaillon
  • producer
    Jacques Ménard


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Ages 8 to 17

Family Studies/Home Economics - Child Development
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide
Media Education - Documentary Film

A father’s suicide means profound consequences for those left behind, especially the children. The director of this documentary, whose own father committed suicide, sought to understand what happens to survivors by questioning a man and a woman who suffered through the same experience. Her approach was both subjective and poetic. Do you think this was a good way to tackle this subject? Do you feel more affected by this type of documentary than others? What have you learned about the impact of a parent’s suicide on children? About the “secret” surrounding such an act, which is so often kept from children? About the social taboo around suicide? Lastly, about the survivors’ feelings of shame, guilt and remorse?

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