Documentary

MADININA

Martinique is a country to visit. Daniel Bertolino shows us this warm and peaceful corner of the world.

Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)

DÉBARQUE-MOUÉ AU LAC-DES-VENTS

Chibougamau was always a meeting place for North American Natives. Even after it became a town, Chibougamau remained a point of convergence between two cultures, two lifestyles, two types of men. The town was built by explorers, fur traders and loners like prospector Adrien Tremblay, who made friends with other miners and workers and decided to settle in the area. It represents many towns just like it, sitting on the edge between pristine nature and post-industrial civilization.

Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)

WINGS IN THE WILDERNESS

When Canadian naturalist Dan Gibson came across two newly hatched Canada geese, just minutes old, he hardly expected that this would be the start of a unique wildlife adventure. What Dan had encountered was the phenomenon naturalists call "imprinting on humans. "The goslings, emerging from their shells, 'imprinted' or attached themselves to the first large moving object they saw. Usually this would be their mother, but in this instance, it was a very surprised Dan Gibson. After Dan's son Gordon taught the geese to fly by following their power boat, Dan tried an experiment using a radio-controlled model airplane with a walkie-talkie mounted on the wing. The geese would follow his voice and fly along with the little plane as if it were part of the flock. Next, Dan had a larger model plane built complete with a high speed camera to record as intimately as possible the ultimate experience of flying. Filmed in super slow motion at 400 frames per second, these maginificent birds are pure poetry in motion as they fill the screen in full flight, with every graceful movement shown in breath-taking close-up." The documentary includes Dan Gibson with a gadget called a "Loonatic", a radio controlled decoy painted in the likeness of a loon. Dan Gibson and his wife Helen are seen at their cottage viewing some recently developed film footage on a film projector that is powered off of a portable generator. Also included is a dramatic re-enactment of an encounter Dan Gibson had with poachers.

Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)

JEAN CARIGNAN, VIOLONEUX

A man of the people and taxi driver, Jean Carignan was first and foremost one of the world’s greatest violinists. Under his dexterous fingers, jigs and reels sounded like highly complex pieces of music; he was just as much of a virtuoso as Paganini. The type of popular music that he played has been passed on for generations by great artists who learned to play by ear, like Skinner, Coleman and Allard. Jean Carignan performs many numbers that he learned while travelling in Ireland and Scotland, which gained him international reknown as a Celtic musician. This film is also the story of a poor boy’s love for his violin, as well as a reflection of heroic times.

Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)

FRANC JEU