Let the Daylight into the Swamp
In Let the Daylight into the Swamp, filmmaker Jeffrey St. Jules reconstructs the dramatic story of his grandparents and their rugged frontier life in the logging towns of Northern Ontario. St. Jules’ tale unfolds on the bumpy back roads of life, where ultimately his family was dislodged. Blending fiction and documentary, myth and fact, comedy and tragedy, all rendered in 3D, St. Jules stitches together a fractured family history. The sense of loss and regret experienced by absent parents is explored as well, in tender interviews with others who have separated from their children. Yet this often jaunty film also conveys the joie de vivre of rural Franco-Ontarian life, tempering the heartbreak. The result is a moving and inventive reflection on broken families and their attempt to reconcile elusive, painful pasts.
2012, 36 min 34 s
Yorkton Film Festival
May 23 to 26 2013, Yorkton, Canada
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