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|Director: Anne-Claire Poirier
Photography: Jacques Leduc
Editing: Monique Fortier, Yves Dion
Music: Marie Bernard
Sound: Esther Auger
Narration: Anne-Claire Poirier
Producer: Paul Lapointe
Production Company, Source:
National Film Board of Canada
3155 Côte de Liesse, St-Laurent, Quebec, H4N 2N4
Phone: 514-283-9805 / Fax: 514-496-1895
CANADA / 1997 / French / B&W /
35mm (1:1.66) / 98 min
Born in Quebec in 1932. After Graduating from the Montreal School of Theatre, Poirier worked as both a scenario writer and interviewer for the francophone division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1960 she became an assistant director and editor for the National Film Board of Canada. Directed her first film, La fin des étés in 1964 and became the first woman director in Quebec of a long film with the documentary De mère en fille in 1967. Known as a forerunner of feminist cinema, she set up the television series As Woman devoted to giving woman directors a forum to explore the everyday life of woman. Appointed as both executive producer and director of francophone production at the National Film Board of Canada from1975 to 1978. In 1979 directed Mourir à tue-tête a passionate denunciation of rape which has been acclaimed around the world.
|Through conversations with young heroin drug addicts and their
parents and the court appearance of the man who murdered her daughter,
Poirier searches for the life of her daughter who herself can
no longer experience life. Exploring her loss she searches for
answers with no resolution. The director's emotionless narration
that connects monochrome images together seems to be listening
to a silently settling sediment, to the peril of those left behind
who have no other choice but to go on and affirm their own lives.
The uncensored screen reveals a deep mourning hidden in the requiem
and perhaps suggests a form of self healing. In 1982 Poirier's
film about rape A Scream from Silence, was shown across Japan by women's groups. A longtime feminist,
Poirier has produced many works backed by the National Film Board
of Canada in the francophone province of Quebec. This film was
made right before her retirement from the NFB, and almost entirely
on her own.
October 18th 1992, a young woman of 26 died--murdered.
|Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee|