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The Lumberfros

The Lumberfros

| 1 h 11 min

In Abitibi, hundreds of kilometres from the city, thousands of workers go North, as did Jos Montferrand and François Paradis. Working as brush cutters, these 21st-century lumberjacks discover Quebec's boreal forest. Far from their families, they spend 5 or 6 months a year in logging camps that mirror a new Quebec, those of French-Canadian descent and neo-Quebecers from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. All have come to earn a living in the forest. Filmmaker Stéphanie Lanthier invites us to spend an entire season inside this northern micro society. Using a direct cinema technique in the style of Pierre Perrault, she documents the lives of the brush cutters.

  • original idea
    Stéphanie Lanthier
    Myriam Pelletier-Gilbert
  • research
    Stéphanie Lanthier
  • script
    Stéphanie Lanthier
  • direction
    Stéphanie Lanthier
  • director of photography
    Alain Dupras
  • location sound
    Richard Lavoie
  • editor
    Aube Foglia
  • sound editor
    Daniel Toussaint
  • original music
    Benoit Daoust
    Michel Demers
    Claude Fradette
  • additional music
    Hugues Rolland
    Gabriel Provençal
  • script consultant
    Alain Corneau
  • production manager
    Alain Corneau
    André Mailly
  • post-production manager
    Alain Corneau
    André Mailly
  • stills photographer
    Alain Corneau
  • off-line editing assistant
    Olivier Bochenek
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • English version
    Vision Globale
  • mix
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
    Yannick Carrier
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • administrator
    Christine Ryan
    Johanne Dubuc
  • accountant
    Christine Ryan
  • production secretary
    Christine Ryan
  • legal advisor
    Marie-José Harel
  • translator
    Alina Seremet
  • subtitles
    Erica Pomerance
  • marketing officer
    Jenny Thibault
  • marketing officer - assistance
    Émilie Nguyen Ngoc
  • technical coordinator
    Jean-François Laprise
  • production coordinator
    Hélène Regimbal
    Dominique Brunet
  • administrative assistant
    Lise Lévesque
  • associate producer
    Maryse Chapdelaine
  • producer
    André Mailly
    Jacques Turgeon
    Alain Corneau


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Ages 16 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Federal/Provincial Government
Geography - Natural Resources

Discuss the motivation and determination of people who settle in a new country. You can ask students a series of questions. Where do immigrant workers get their strong work ethic? Is there a link between working hard and coming from another country? Despite their dedication to their jobs, are brush clearers always satisfied with work conditions? What do they want from the government and from forestry officials specifically?

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