COMING SOON ON TËNK: Feminism, discovery of the other, and festivals in the spotlight

Asiemut by Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins (2006)

 Tënk is happy to unveil some of the films arriving soon on its platform. The selected documentaries invite a reflection on universal issues and celebrate two Quebec and Canadian festivals taking place soon. The film will be available for 8 weeks from the date they go online.

Starting April 30

Tënk will offer an in-depth interview with the American writer and intellectual Susan Sontag (1933-2004), conducted by host Aline Desjardins and originally broadcast in 1976 on the program Femmes d’aujourd’hui. Sontag discusses, among other things, her path to feminism, gender inequality in the labour market, and her vision of family and education for boys. Issues that remain glaringly topical.

To accompany the selection of the film Wandering, a Rohingya Story at the Rendez-vous Québec Cinema 2021, the platform will present a retrospective of the work of Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins. The three feature films offered revolve around the theme of meeting other people. In Asiemut (2006), the filmmaking duo cross Asia by bicycle to discover the world, but above all, to discover themselves. Encounters (2011) brings together a group of young Innu, Huron-Wendat and Saguenéens who unite to walk the Jesuits’ ancestral trail. For 21 days, they will have to get to know each other better and go beyond prejudices. In Québékoisie, Higgins and Carrier are back on the road by bike, on the North Shore this time, in order to better understand the complex relationships that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.


Also, among the new releases of April 30, Tënk will make available Chanson de gestes by Guy Gilles, a poetic film built around daily gestures, produced in 1965. Throughout Paris and in the countryside, the director captures the familiar gestures of passers-by, craftsmen, workers, beggars and peasants.

Starting May 7

Tënk will celebrate the Hot Docs festival by presenting the short film êmîcêtôcêt: Many Bloodlines by Theola Ross, a Cree filmmaker from the Pimicikamak Nation, living north of Lake Winnipeg. The film won the Betty Youson Award for Best Canadian Documentary Short at the Toronto-based documentary festival last year.

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