A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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Gala premiere of Rodolphe Caron’s film Pour la cause in Moncton on June 7

Press release

2011/05/26


Moncton, May 26, 2011 – The film Pour la cause ( For the Cause), by Acadian director Rodolphe Caron, will have its gala premiere on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, with the director in attendance. The film profiles the sisters of the Congrégation Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur and their tremendous contribution to preserving the Acadian language and culture. Pour la cause is co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Productions Appalaches, with the financial participation of the Province of New Brunswick and in co-operation with Radio-Canada. The premiere is open to the public.

Rodolphe Caron – director

Rodolphe Caron is a founding member of Cinémarévie Coop (1980) and Productions Appalaches (2004). His filmography includes À cheval sur une frontière, Avec le cœur, Au pays du Madawaska... and Le champion. At the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA), his film Léonard Forest: Film Maker and Poet (Productions Appalaches and NFB) was awarded the 2006 La Vague Award for Best Acadian Documentary. In 2008, he directed Marie Hélène Allain: Speaking with Stone, which earned him two Gémeaux Award nominations. It was during this shoot that he learned about the religious community of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur, whose fascinating story he recounts in Pour la cause (2010).

Congrégation Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur

The Congrégation Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur (NDSC) in southeastern New Brunswick was founded in 1924 by 52 Acadian nuns who separated from their English-speaking religious community for cultural reasons. Ever since, they have worked hard to promote the Acadian language and culture, higher education for women, the poor and disadvantaged and the role of women in the Catholic Church. One of their most important contributions to Acadian society was the establishment of Collège Notre-Dame d’Acadie in Moncton, which between 1943 and 1965 gave over 140 young women a chance to earn a bachelor’s degree. Before then, women had no access to higher education in French in New Brunswick; they had to go to Quebec or study in English.

Through numerous interview clips and archival footage, the director gives a voice to members of the Congrégation Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur, debunking the stereotype of nuns meekly submitting to authority. With their contagious joie de vivre, thirst for justice and surprising outspokenness, these strong-willed, independent women demonstrate a unique vision of their mission.

Public invitation to the film premiere in Moncton

The NFB, Productions Appalaches and Radio-Canada invite the public to come meet the director at the film premiere at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Seating is reserved. Free passes can be requested by calling the Theatre at 506-856-4379 or dropping by the box office at 811 Main Street. The film will be screened in French.

Several screenings already scheduled

There will be a special screening of Pour la cause (in the original French version) at the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française forum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa on June 20. Audiences in the Maritimes can see the film on the big screen during Les Rendez-vous de l’ONF en Acadie in September 2011 and on TV on October 9, 2011, on Radio-Canada Acadie.


About the NFB

Canada's public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is breaking new ground in form and content through interactive and mobile media, community filmmaking projects, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic film and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 2 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features over 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, as well as a pre-loaded app in the new BlackBerry PlayBook.


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INFORMATION OR INTERVIEWS:

Madeleine Blanchard or Mélissa Thibodeau
Communications and media relations for the film For the Cause
506-384-6897 / melthibs@bellaliant.net