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The Silence

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Why be silent about the most serious matters? Doesn’t silence perpetuate suffering? From the 1950s to the 1980s, Catholic priests sexually abused many young boys in the francophone towns of New Brunswick. These scandals only came to light when the victims were in their fifties, provoking shock and outrage in the media and the public. Why did the affected communities keep silent so long, preferring secrecy to justice and truth? Profiting from their positions of influence to impose a “pious silence” on their parishioners, authority figures built an abusive system that tells us as much about the type of oppression specific to the Acadian population as it does about the blanket denials issued by the Catholic Church. Called to confront the power of this collective silence, veteran filmmaker Renée Blanchar meets with survivors in an attempt to untangle the deeply rooted reasons for this secrecy. With The Silence, she takes us as close as she can to the humanity of these broken men, revealing the forces that, today as in the past, have the power to unite or divide Acadian communities.

2021, 108 min 08 s

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Best Atlantic Documentary
FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
September 16 to 23 2021, Halifax - Canada

Prix du meilleur film franco-canadien
Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
April 28 to May 8 2021, Montréal - Canada

Prix La vague de la Meilleure œuvre acadienne moyen ou long métrage
International Francophone Film Festival in Acadie
November 12 to 20 2020, Moncton - Canada

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