They Had Thirteen Children...

They Had Thirteen Children...

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In this short documentary, filmmaker Anika Lirette retraces the unusual life of her Acadian grandparents, who had 13 children. Of the 13, eight had intellectual and physical disabilities - all caused by phenylketonuria, a genetic disorder now known to be easily managed through diet. Through first-person accounts and archival photography, the film traces the history of her family as it struggled with the consequences of the disorder, at a time when the Catholic Church condemned birth control and medical services were virtually non-existent. In French with English subtitles.

This documentary was made as part of the Tremplin program, with the collaboration of Radio-Canada.

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  • camera
    François Vincelette
  • location sound
    Stéphane Barsalou
  • sound design
    Daniel Toussaint
  • re-recording
    Daniel Toussaint
  • original music
    Jean-François Mallet
  • pre-shoot consultant
    Monique LeBlanc
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • re-recording
    Luc Léger
  • producer
    Murielle Rioux-Poirier
    Maryse Chapdelaine
  • executive producer
    Jacques Turgeon
  • participation
    Lucille Cormier
    Murielle Lirette
    Roger Lirette
    Yvon Lirette
    Albertine Beers
    Marie Breau
    Léontine Lirette
    Rita Lirette
    Céleste Lirette
    Arsène Lirette
    Florence Lirette
  • director
    Anika Lirette
  • researcher
    Anika Lirette
  • writer
    Anika Lirette
  • narrator
    Anika Lirette
  • picture editing
    Marie Hamelin