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Roger Parent’s NFB doc From Sherbrooke to Brooks wins People’s Choice/Special Jury award at 2017 Festival Vues d’Afrique.


Félicia / Agricultural worker from Cameroon living in Sherbrooke

April 28, 2017 – Montréal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

From Sherbrooke to Brooks, Roger Parent’s debut feature-length documentary, has taken the People’s Choice/Special Jury Award in the Regard d’ici section of the 2017 Festival international de cinéma Vues d’Afrique in Montreal. Produced at the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio by Dominic Desjardins in collaboration with UNIS TV, the film tells the story of the migration corridor between Quebec and Alberta travelled by French-speaking African refugees, who are trapped between the fragility of their dreams and the harsh constraints of reality.

The film will screen on May 4 at CINERGIE, the Saskatoon international francophone film festival, which takes place May 2 to 7.

From Sherbrooke to Brooks is also available in download-to-own (DTO) and video on demand (VOD) formats or as a DVD at NFB.ca.

About the filmmaker

Originally from Western Canada, Roger Parent studied literature and theatre at Université Laval. His interest in cultural diversity and communication led him to work as a journalist for Radio-Canada. Following his theatrical training in Paris, he taught and was a research professor at the University of Alberta, exploring the artistic and cultural practices of marginalized immigrant communities. He subsequently directed a bilingual documentary series on interculturalism that is currently used as an educational resource both here and abroad. His recent foray into film resulted in his first feature, From Sherbrooke to Brooks, produced with the NFB, which deals with the challenges newcomers of African descent face while integrating into Canada.


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