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The Invisible Nation

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In 1999, Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie hit their mark with Forest Alert, a shocking documentary on the dubious practices of the logging industry. In The Invisible Nation, they again challenge perceptions by spotlighting the sad reality of the Algonquin of Quebec and bringing the history of this people to the screen for the first time.

The Algonquin once lived in harmony with the vast territory they occupied. This balance was upset when the Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Gradually, their Aboriginal traditions were undermined and their natural resources plundered. Today, barely 9,000 Algonquin are left. They live in about 10 communities, often enduring abject poverty and human rights abuses.

These Aboriginals are suffering the threat to their very existence in silence. Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie have decided to sound the alarm before it's too late. In French with English subtitles.

2007, 93 min 16 s

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Best Documentary: Society
Prix Gémeaux
September 14 2008, Montréal - Canada

Claude Fradette for Best Original Music: Documentary
Prix Gémeaux
September 14 2008, Montréal - Canada

Best Documentary
Gala du cinéma québécois
March 9 2008, Montréal - Canada

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