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Go behind the headlines! Timely NFB doc Pipelines, pouvoir et démocratie (Pipelines, Power and Democracy) screens at Cinéma du Parc. Also screening in more than 15 cities throughout Quebec.

Press release

2016/02/04

February 4, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Olivier D. Asselin’s National Film Board of Canada (NFB) feature documentary Pipelines, pouvoir et démocratie ( Pipelines, Power and Democracy ) is headed for the big screen in Montreal, playing at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (RVCQ) on February 27 as well as at Cinéma du Parc, where it will be shown with English subtitles on March 13, 20 and 27. And on February 8, the film is beginning a tour of 11 Quebec regions, stopping at more than 15 cities. The film will be shown in its original French version in Matane, Rimouski, Carleton-sur-Mer, La Pocatière, Saint-Casimir, Quebec City, Saint-Damien-de-Buckland, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Rosemère, Prévost, Trois-Rivières, Coteau-du-Lac, Saint-André-Avellin, Gatineau and Roberval. The documentary was produced for the NFB by Denis McCready, with Colette Loumède as executive producer.

All screenings will be followed by discussions, primarily with the director in attendance. Other guests may include some of the film’s protagonists and local grassroots activists. Many of the towns and regions where the film will be seen are in areas directly affected by pipeline routes or by the transportation and potential exploitation of hydrocarbon resources.

For more information on dates and venues, please consult the documentary’s Facebook page (in French).

Timely and moving, Pipelines, pouvoir et démocratie is the first feature-length work by socially engaged filmmaker Olivier D. Asselin, and was shot between the fall of 2012 and spring 2015, capturing critical and recent current events: the struggle against the plan to bring unconventional oil from the Alberta oil sands to Quebec via two pipelines.

While the film covers the decision to abandon a plan to construct a petroleum terminal at Cacouna, on the St. Lawrence River, pipelines remain very much in the news. Right now, crucial decisions are being weighed by all levels of government: municipal, provincial and federal.

Through its four protagonists—Daniel Breton, André Bélisle, Mikaël Rioux and Alyssa Symons-Bélanger— Pipelines, pouvoir et démocratie examines the fragile state of our democracy. Who holds the real power to make change? From the hallways of Quebec’s National Assembly to campaigns waged by environmental defence groups and big media splashes made by activists, this road movie offers rare, behind-the-scenes access to the places where power lies.

The screening tour provides a unique opportunity for citizens throughout Quebec who are concerned with the choices we make as a society to engage in a much-needed dialogue.

Quick Facts

  • List of regions and towns on the tour

Lower St. Lawrence
Matane – CinémAlice (February 8)
Rimouski – Paralœil (February 9)
La Pocatière – Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA) (April 28)

Eastern Townships
Sherbrooke – La Maison du Cinéma (February 11)

Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean
Roberval – Cinéma Chaplin (February 15)

Montreal
Ciné-Campus – Université de Montréal (February 23 and 24)
Cinémathèque québécoise – RVCQ (February 27)
Cinéma du Parc (March 12, 19 and 26 – original French version; March 13, 20 and 27 – original French version with English subtitles)

Mauricie
Trois-Rivières – Ciné-Campus (March 3)

Chaudière-Appalaches
Saint-Damien-de-Buckland – Cinéma Saint-Damien (March 11)
Saint-Jean-Port-Joli – Ciné-club L’imaginaire (April 27)

Montérégie
Coteau-du-Lac – Pavillon Wilson (March 16)

Outaouais
Gatineau – Pavillon Lucien-Breault (March 30)
Saint-André-Avellin – Cinémaboule (April 2)

Gaspé
Carleton-sur-Mer – Cinétoile (April 6)

Laurentians
Rosemère – Ciné-Groulx (April 20)
Prévost – Cinéclub Prévost (June 17)

Quebec City region
Saint-Casimir – Festival de films pour l’environnement (FFPE) (April 23)
Quebec City – Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy (April 25)

For full details on screening times and venues (in French only)

  • The protagonists
    • Daniel Breton, former environment minister in the Pauline Marois government (electoral politics)
    • André Bélisle, co-founder of the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (environmental lobbying)
    • Mikaël Rioux, environmental activist (direct action)
    • Alyssa Symons-Bélanger, activist (the art of social intervention)
    • About the director  

Olivier D. Asselin served as an assistant to Magnus Isacsson for many years, studied film directing at INIS and also holds a degree in screenwriting and a master’s in experimental media from UQAM. As a socially engaged filmmaker he has directed or produced about 30 short- and medium-length films, including documentaries, experimental projects, and dramas. Citoyens Inc. was an award winner at the 2005 Caméra verte competition, while Tout se tient won two awards at the 2008 RIDM festival. His drama Les âmes en friche screened at the RVCQ festival in 2009, and he had films on the bill at the Portneuf environmental film festival three years running, from 2010 to 2012. Asselin also creates live video mixes and is a member of several independent media collectives, including Courts Critiques, Médi@s Libres and Journal Ensemble.

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Associated Links

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois
Cinéma du Parc
Documentary’s Facebook page (in French)
Details on screening times and venues (in French only)

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