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Where I'm From

Where I'm From

| 1 h 18 min

This feature documentary represents a quest that is both personal and universal. Director Claude Demers (Barbers: A Men’s Story, Ladies in Blue) revisits the working-class neighbourhood of Verdun where he grew up and asks questions about the mysteries of his origins and his formative years, which were marked by abandonment. Bastien and Cédric, two young boys who are discovering the world around them, serve as the narrator’s alter egos. Between past and present, birth and death, Where I'm From traces the course of one man's redemption. The film marries realism with lyricism and a vibrant soundtrack that celebrates life.

  • participation
    Cédric Joyal
    Bastien-Xavier Landry-Miron
    Janie-Luc Beauchamp-Francoeur
    Gaby Bruno
    Karl Fontaine
    Esther Hageman
    Hopeton Morris
    Benoit Poirier
    Serge Poirier
    Pavel Pugachev
  • writer
    Claude Demers
  • director
    Claude Demers
  • director of photography
    Jean-Pierre St-Louis
    Nicolas Canniccioni
  • editing
    Alexandre Leblanc
  • sound recording
    Sylvain Vary
  • sound editing
    Claude Beaugrand
  • additional camera
    Claude Demers
    Alexandre Leblanc
  • additional sound recording
    Marcel Chouinard
    Mélanie Gauthier
    Richard Lavoie
    Olivier Léger
    Simon Plouffe
  • research
    Claude Demers
  • research assistant
    Doris Lapierre
    Isabelle Potvin
  • production assistant
    Agnès Falquet
    Marie-Ève Grignon
    Étienne Hansez
    Ian Jaquier
    France Lareau
    Isabel Mohn
    Shane Smith
  • editing advisor
    Michel Giroux
  • editing assistant
    Ariane Pétel-Despots
  • dialogue editing
    Francine Poirier
  • additional sound editing
    François Senneville
  • aerial photography
    Claude Duchaîne
    Paul Hurteau
  • car grip
    Bertrand Dupuis
  • technical coordinator - shooting equipment
    Steve Hallé
  • technical support - editing
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • translation
    Vision Globale
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • infographics
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • narration
    Claude Demers
  • narration recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • original music
    Alexandre Corbeil
    Gabriel Dharmoo
  • musician
    Alexandre Corbeil
    Gabriel Dharmoo
  • music recording
    Jean-François Blouin
  • marketing manager
    François Jacques
  • marketing manager - assistance
    Catherine Benoît
    Geneviève Bérard
  • administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
    Johanne Dubuc
  • production coordinator
    Hélène Regimbal
  • administrative assistant
    Perrine Bral
    Sophie Dupuis
    Lise Lévesque
  • technical coordinator
    Richard Cliche
  • associate producer
    Mélanie Lasnier
  • producer
    Colette Loumède


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Ages 14 to 18

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges
Health/Personal Development - Identity

Ideal for projects on social studies and memoir writing. What is the filmmaker trying to say about his past and our relationship to the past? Discuss the value of education in and outside of the classroom. Write a poem/memoir about your past and your favourite places growing up. What do you want to remember? What won’t you forget? Interview your parents or grandparents about how things have changed where they live and what traditions have been lost.

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