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Journey through memories of Québec captured on film

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March 28, 2019

Our series of historic Québec film returns with a new selection that shares the stories, images, and memories of years past. The documentary films will air as part of a series called QUEBEC: PEOPLE & PLACE and have been licensed for broadcast in partnership with Vermont PBS.

This group of NFBC films takes us back north to explore Quebec from multiple perspectives. Archival footage from the 1950s and 1960s, the license plate slogan "Je me souviens," and one family's history of place illustrate the beauty, struggles, and history of our northern neighbors. 

Quebec: People & Place

Watch Sundays at 8pm beginning April 5 on RETN 16 and BTV-HD 216. Also available on the Media Factory Roku channel and online right here at retn.org.

  • A License to Remember

    AIRS 4/7
    Québec license plates draw attention to the past with "Je me souviens" ("I remember")--a motto that cuts to the heart of Quebec history and society. To find out just what "Je me souviens" means to Quebecers, director Thierry Le Brun sets off across the province, license plate in hand.

  • The Great Resistance

    AIRS 4/15
    The Lalancette family have persisted in forging their future in the Abitibi region since the 1930's, passing their farm from one generation to the next, earning their keep from farming, and defying the constraints of globalization and the mining and forestry companies that control the area.

  • The Devil's Share

    AIRS 4/22
    Quebec, on the cusp of the 1960s. The province is on the brink of momentous change. Deftly selecting clips from nearly 200 films from the National Film Board of Canada archives, director Luc Bourdon reinterprets the historical record, offering us a new and distinctive perspective on the Quiet Revolution.

  • The Memories of Angels

    AIRS 4/28
    Filmmaker Luc Bourdon invites us on a tour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). A backstage discovery of the institution and its 150-year history, the documentary reveals the remarkable dedication of its staff and explores the contemporary penchant for music in the world of art exhibitions.