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Forest Alert

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We tend to see the forest as infinite, eternal. But this precious resource, once thought to be inexhaustible, is under threat. Forest Alert breaks through the silence and ignorance surrounding current forestry practices and questions our collective responsibility for the destruction of Quebec's rich timberlands. The script is typical of acclaimed Quebec singer/songwriter Richard Desjardins: strong words, striking imagery, paradoxes that challenge how our forests are managed. Opinions are firmly held and diametrically opposed. There are those who cherish this precious legacy and are worried about our exploitation of it. There are those, in government and industry, who swear that the forest will be preserved for future generations. Citing the concerns of professional foresters, the film is a direct attack on the depredation of what should be a sustainable resource. Forest Alert asks the ultimate question: Are our forests in good hands? In French with English subtitles.

1999, 68 min 33 s

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Mention d'honneur - catégorie: Meilleur scénario (Richard Desjardins)
Hot Docs
Du 1 au 7 mai 2000, Toronto - Canada

Grand Prix du festival, mention environnement - assorti d'une bourse de 12,500FF
Festival international du film nature et environnement
Du 9 au 14 novembre 1999, Grenoble - France

Prix du Reportage/Magazine - assorti d'une bourse de 10,000Frs
Festival international du film d'environnement / FIFE
Du 13 au 19 octobre 1999, Paris - France

Prix du développement durable en milieu rural (remis par le ministère de l'Agriculture et de la Pêche)
Du 12 au 16 octobre 1999, Lille - France

Prix Jutra - meilleur documentaire
Gala Québec Cinéma
7 mars 1999, Montréal - Canada