The Great Resistance

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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Film 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

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