Tënk is pleased to present five new documentaries to discover from April 30 to June 26. The documentary platform offers a retrospective of the work of documentary-travellers Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins, whose most recent film is selected at the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma. This is the opportunity to discover the common thread of their approach, from Asiemut, an initiatory journey within the Asian continent, to their reflections on the relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Québékoisie. A trio of compelling humanistic documentaries.
Two films available this week allow us to take a current look at the past, first with an interview given by the intellectual Susan Sontag on the Femmes d’aujourd’hui program in 1976, but also with Guy Gilles’ Chanson de gestes, a 1965 short film capturing the essence of French life at the time.
●● Québékoisie by Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins, 81 min, 2013
The filmmakers decide to bicycle through the North Shore of Quebec to understand the complex relationships that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
●● Encounters by Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins, 52 min, 2011
During 21 days, a group of young Indigenous people and Quebecers retraces an ancestral travel route which links Lac Saint-Jean and Quebec City.
●●Asiemut by Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins, 56 min, 2006
Riding their bicycles through Asia, the filmmakers went on an inner journey, but most would call it a long adventure of approximately 8000 km long.
●● Susan Sontag interviewed by Aline Desjardins, 44 min, 1976
Interview with the American writer and intellectual Susan Sontag, a major figure of 20th century feminism. Only available in French.
●● Chanson de gestes by Guy Gilles, 20 min, 1965
Throughout Paris and the countryside, the film captures the familiar gestures of passers-by, artisans, workers, beggars and peasants.
Tënk.ca is an independent subscription-based documentary streaming platform available online across Canada. It was launched in Quebec in February 2020 by a team of enthusiasts and documentary professionals. Tënk is a year-round film festival whose mission is to renew the way we look at the world through the broadcast of strong and unique films. Tënk was first created in Lussas, France, in what is affectionately known as The Documentary Village. With the arrival of Tënk in Canada, a real network is being created to ensure the broadcasting of the best of documentary cinema.
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