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New NFB documentary Quand ferme l'usine, by Simon Rodrigue, to screen at the Outaouais Film Festival

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February 23, 2016 – Gatineau, Quebec – National Film Board of Canada

Fresh from its world premiere at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois on February 22, the feature documentary Quand ferme l’usine ( When the Mill Closes), directed by Simon Rodrigue and produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), will screen at the Outaouais Film Festival (OFF) on March 18, in French, with the filmmaker in attendance. Shot in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, among other locations, the film reveals the impact of widespread pulp and paper mill closings across Canada. The documentary is now touring the country, with screenings in several regions, including Trois-Rivières, Quebec, on May 5. The 18th Outaouais Film Festival runs from March 17 to 24, 2016.

OFF screenings of other NFB productions and co-productions, including topical documentaries and auteur animation, will be announced shortly, with the full program lineup to be posted on the festival’s website.

About the film

Quand ferme l’usine, directed by Simon Rodrigue

Produced for the NFB by Johanne Bergeron and Marie-Anne Raulet; executive producer Colette Loumède

For decades, the pulp and paper industry was a jewel in the crown of Canada’s economy. Today, with so many mills closing down, what future is there for the forestry communities that sprang up and prospered around them? Through lucid, inspired testimonials by former workers, this film delves into the industry’s glorious past and gauges the true impact of mill closings on local populations as well as on land management.

About the filmmaker

Documentary filmmaker Simon Rodrigue ( Hommes-des-Bois: Bûcherons de chantier, 2012) has created several works on the legacy of forestry in Quebec, a subject he spent years researching. Driven by his fascination for this topic as well as issues of identity, he travelled around Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick to collect the stories of many former workers in the pulp and paper industry for his latest documentary, Quand ferme l’usine ( When the Mill Closes).


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http://rvcq.quebeccinema.ca/   (French only)

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