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On the Ice Floe

On the Ice Floe

| 27 min

This short documentary depicts a warm yet ephemeral community that comes together on the ice in Rimouski, Quebec—the site of an unusual encounter between ice fishermen and French artist Joseph Kieffer.

  • director
    Stéphane Lahoud
  • associate producer
    André Mailly
  • producer
    Evelyne Lafleur Guy
    Johanne Bergeron
    Jacques Turgeon


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Ages 10 to 18

Arts Education - Visual Arts
Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges
History and Citizenship Education - Quebec Society Since 1980
Languages - French as a Second Language

Joseph Kieffer wants to turn stories and “drawings into objects” (10:45). While the fishermen participate, they are unsure how to receive his work. Ask students to consider the two men (21:50 and 24:30) who take great pride in their own handiness, as well as the comments (14:00) about how someone with a “different character” will be able to recreate their stories. What can be observed about community and tradition from these statements?

On the Ice Floe
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