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My Father, the King

2010 26 min
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How does a man suddenly abandon his family in favour of an isolated life in a monastery? What is the legacy of Léonard's father's sudden departure? Mon père, le roi captures the painful memories of the son and ex-wife of a man turned “king” of a religious cult. Together with the filmmaker, they take to the road to visit the man who abandoned them 45 years ago. For Léonard, it is also a return to the prison where he spent part of his childhood, after having been abducted by his father. This documentary was made as part of the Tremplin …

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My Father, the King

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How does a man suddenly abandon his family in favour of an isolated life in a monastery? What is the legacy of Léonard's father's sudden departure? Mon père, le roi captures the painful memories of the son and ex-wife of a man turned “king” of a religious cult. Together with the filmmaker, they take to the road to visit the man who abandoned them 45 years ago. For Léonard, it is also a return to the prison where he spent part of his childhood, after having been abducted by his father.

This documentary was made as part of the Tremplin program, with the collaboration of Radio-Canada.
  • participation
    Léonard Douziech
    Anne-Marie Douziech
    Marc Paquette
    George Paquette
    Monique Lavergne
    Sue Shepard
  • director
    Marie-France Guerrette Dempsey
  • writer
    Marie-France Guerrette Dempsey
  • researcher
    Marie-France Guerrette Dempsey
  • script consultant
    Georgette Duchaine
  • production coordinator
    Doris Lapierre
  • sound
    Richard Lavoie
  • director of photography
    Philippe Lavalette
  • camera assistant
    Vanessa Abadhir
  • still photographer
    Vanessa Abadhir
    Doris Lapierre
  • editing assistant
    Rany Ly
  • editing
    Jane MacRae
  • sound editor
    Daniel Toussaint
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley recording
    Luc Léger
  • original music
    Daniel Toussaint
  • musician
    Daniel Toussaint
  • subtitles
    Robert Gray
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • marketing manager
    Julie Arseneault
  • marketing assistant
    Karine Sévigny
  • administrator
    Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo
  • administrative assistant
    Sophie Perceval
    Ai Rei Dooh-Tousignant
  • technical coordinator
    Micheline Faubert
  • producer
    Anne-Marie Rocher
  • executive producer
    Jacques Turgeon

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Education

Ages 16 to 17
Small groups of students think up an imaginary sect inspired by the film and true events. Each sect presents its hierarchical structure to the class. What strategies would it use to promote the benefits of its new religion? Would the sect meet specific needs in society? Wrap up with a full class discussion.