A Sleeping Tree Dreams of Its Roots

A Sleeping Tree Dreams of Its Roots

| 1 h 21 min

A bold and eclectic cinematic style defines the work of filmmaker Michka Saäl and her friend, writer Nadine Ltaif as they journey from childhoods in the Middle East to their chosen home of Montréal. Saäl is Jewish, Ltaif is Arab. Together they overcome the divisive prejudices of their upbringing and embark on an engaging search for clarity, familiarity and historical significance among the immigrant communities of Montréal. Saäl uses super-8 home movies, old photographs, dramatizations and casual conversations to cross personal and political boundaries, giving voice to the varied ancestries of us all. In French with English subtitles.

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A Sleeping Tree Dreams of Its Roots, Michka Saäl, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Michka Saäl
  • script
    Michka Saäl
  • producer
    Jacques Vallée
    Josée Beaudet
  • cinematography
    Nathalie Moliavko-Visotsky
  • sound
    Claude Hamel
  • editing
    Fernand Bélanger
  • sound editing
    Francine Poirier
  • sound mixing
    Adrian Croll
  • music
    Jean Derome