Firewords: Louky Bersianik, Jovette Marchessault, Nicole Brossard

Firewords: Louky Bersianik, Jovette Marchessault, Nicole Brossard

| 1 h 24 min

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This feature documentary offers an intimate glimpse of three respected yet controversial Quebec writers. Now recognized at home and abroad, Louky Bersianik, Jovette Marchessault and Nicole Brossard have contributed greatly to the creation of a distinctive women’s literature. Confirming that fresh approaches to literature are still possible, they have helped to heighten awareness of the politics of language. Excerpts from their works vividly convey each woman’s style, concerns and rhythms. They examine personal and global issues from a feminist perspective: human relationships, work, justice, poverty, loneliness, women’s spirituality, and the future.

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Firewords: Louky Bersianik, Jovette Marchessault, Nicole Brossard, Dorothy Todd Henaut, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Dorothy Todd Henaut
  • producer
    Barbara Janes
  • executive producer
    Kathleen Shannon
  • script
    Marthe Blackburn
    Dorothy Todd Henaut
    Louky Bersianik
    Jovette Marchessault
    Nicole Brossard
  • camera
    Zoe Dirse
    David De Volpi
  • animation camera
    Robin L.P. Bain
    Pierre Landry
  • sound
    Diane Carrière
    Norma Denys
    Claude Hazanavicius
    Michel Charron
    Marcel Delambre
  • editing
    Pascale Laverriere
    Dorothy Todd Henaut
  • sound editing
    Jackie Newell
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Shelley Craig
  • animation
    Michèle Pauzé
  • narrator
    Anne Skinner
  • music
    Anne Lauber
    Richard Séguin
    Francine Lévesque
  • cast
    Pol Pelletier
    Marthe Blackburn
    Raphaëlle Nadeau
    Liz Hamilton