Part documentary, part drama, this film presents the life and work of Jack Kerouac, an American writer with Québec roots who became one of the most important spokesmen for his generation. Intercut with archival footage, photographs and interviews, this film takes apart the heroic myth and even returns to the childhood of the author whose life and work contributed greatly to the cultural, sexual and social revolution of the 1960s.
Ages 16 to 17
Diversity - Identity
English Language Arts - CanLit
History and Citizenship Education - Modernization of Quebec Society (1929-1980)
This documentary is a valuable addition to any classroom analysis of the works of Jack Kerouac. After screening the film, ask students to read one of his novels and analyze it with an eye to understanding his creative process. The analysis can be conducted as a team project, with students each reading different works so as to achieve a broader perspective.