A License to Remember: Je me souviens

  • Thierry Le Brun,
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  • 51 min 2 s

Quebec license plates don't sport cutesy tourist slogans like "Canada's Ocean Playground" or "Land of Living Skies." Instead, they draw attention to the past with "Je me souviens" ("I remember")--a motto that cuts to the heart of Quebec history and society.

To find out just what "Je me souviens" means to Quebecers, director Thierry Le Brun sets off across the province, license plate in hand. He rides a dog sled, goes ice fishing, visits an emu farm, joins the Carifiesta celebrations and even gets pulled over by the cops. In the process, he meets a cast of characters--both famous and unknown--with wildly differing views on the provincial motto.

Over the course of this illuminating, entertaining and funny documentary, "Je me souviens" becomes a Rorschach ink blot into which Quebecers peer, each bringing their own interpretation. In the process, they can also see each other in a new way, and come to understand the concerns of the many communities that make up their land.

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Film Credits

director
Thierry Le Brun
producer
Adam Symansky
editor
Martial Éthier
Fernand Bélanger
cinematographer
Jocelyn Belzile
Philippe Falardeau
sound recordist
Alain Tremblay
Ismaël Cordeiro
Craig Lapp
Gilles Corbeil
Karen Feiertag
participant
Octavain Blakevici
Tom Garrett
Jerry Stein
Michel Patry
Billy Two Rivers
Flint Tecumseh Eagle
Dale Dione
Kenneth Deer
Karine Fredette
Lise Lepage
Michel Belainsky
Yves Leblanc
Gaston Deschênes
Martha Singer
Pierre Sénécal
René-Daniel Dubois
Heather Keath-Ryan
Alden Ticehurst
Richard Stoddard
Denis-Pierre Boileau
Denise Roy
Jean-Guy Martel
Bernard Houle
Pierre Falardeau
Julien Poulin
Janette Bertrand
Dominique Bélanger
Pierre-Marc Gendron
Gérard Létourneau
Jean-Yves Gagnon
Jean-Claude Plourde
Anne Trépannier
Daniel Duguay
Myrtha Dominique
Carol Zimmerman
John Kalina
Georges Konan
June Mayers
Fusinato Sesto
research
Thierry Le Brun
library research
Katherine Kasirer
Christiane Talbot
Yves Chartrand
Colette Lebeuf
Renée Bourgault
sound editor
André Chaput
foley
Chris Piggins
re-recording
Jean Paul Vialard
animation camera
Pierre Landry

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