Pierre Perrault Film Works - Volume 2: The Quest for Collective Identity/L'oeuvre de Pierre Perrault - Volume 2 : la quête d'identité collective
The works of Pierre Perrault are
unique in world cinema heritage. They directly capture life and the spoken
word, filmed by an explorer and poet who set out to discover aspects of
humankind not recorded in books.
Underlying Perrault’s entire oeuvre is the quest for
identity. In the films of this box set, that quest is viewed through the sense
of attachment to a homeland, as experienced by Quebecers, other
Franco-Canadians, Aboriginals, and also by people in Brittany, France.
It is seen in the Acadian awakening sparked by the student protests at New
Brunswick’s Université de Moncton. And even in the far
reaches of the frozen North, where Perrault goes in search of “oumigmag,” the
muskox that lives hard up against the glacier – an enduring symbol of
rootedness and survival in an unwelcoming environment. There, the glorious
battle for dominance of the herd serves as a striking metaphor for the
struggle for nationhood.
These are powerful films in which images and words, action
and poetry assume epic proportions.
2009, 383 min 05 s
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