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The Promised Land

The Promised Land

| 1 h 52 min

This feature-length fiction, originally produced as a television miniseries and based on the novel Nuages sur les brûlés by Hervé Biron, explores the colonization of northern Quebec during the Depression-era 1930s. These historical dramas relive the toil, hardship and unexpected rewards of the pioneer. Folk singer Félix Leclerc appears in each episode. Part I: Encounters with the inhospitable wilderness while clearing a townsite. Part II: Struggles for leadership; log cabins are built and the women arrive. Part III: The dangers of frontier life: forest fire, accident, anxiety about bankruptcy, lack of tools, hard labour. Part IV: Big steps forward: the curé brings in teachers and is in turn presented with a new, though rough-hewn, church.


Credits
  • director
    Bernard Devlin
  • script
    Bernard Devlin
  • producer
    Léonard Forest
    Guy Glover
    Victor Jobin
  • camera
    Georges Dufaux
  • sound
    Michel Belaieff
  • editing
    David Mayerovitch
    Raymond Le Boursier
  • sound editing
    Bernard Bordeleau
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
  • cast
    Georges Bouvier
    Roland Bédard
    Roland d' Amour
    Camille Ducharme
    Pierre Dufresne
    J.-Léo Gagnon
    Lucille Gauthier
    Jean Lajeunesse
    Félix Leclerc
    Nana de Varennes

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Education

Ages 12 to 17

Geography - Human Geography
History - The Depression Era
History and Citizenship Education - Modernization of Quebec Society (1929-1980)
History and Citizenship Education - Quebec Society Since 1980

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