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From Sherbrooke to Brooks

Roger Parent
2016 | 67 min 12 s

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Angèle Juma - Mother / Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) / Lives in Sherbrooke, Québec
Désiré Kiana / Executive Secretary, Francophone Association of Brooks /  Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) / Lives in Brooks, Alberta
Éstela Kasaba / Student / Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) / Lives in Brooks, Alberta
Jean Mwembo Kazadi / Employee of JBS Foods / Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) / Lives in Brooks, Alberta
Route from Sherbrooke to Brooks
Family of Éstela Kasaba, Brooks, AB
Désiré Kiana, Éstela Kasaba
Marie-Claude / Seasonal field worker having studied in Hotel Management – Lives in Sherbrooke (from Cameroon)
Félicia / Agricultural worker from Cameroon living in Sherbrooke
Désiré and Mayor of Brooks at welcoming meeting
Francophone School of Brooks

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Team


Roger Parent
Director
Biography
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Photo : Amélie Beauchamp


Roger Parent

Originally from Western Canada, Roger Parent studied literature and theatre at Université Laval in Quebec City. His keen interest in communication and cultural phenomena in pluralistic societies emerged early on, leading him to work as a journalist for Radio-Canada. Upon completing his doctorate, Roger switched gears and became a research professor at the University of Alberta’s francophone Campus Saint-Jean. Teaching allows him to explore everything related to the artistic and cultural expression of Canada’s marginalized communities, including those from French-speaking communities. During this time, Roger also completed his theatre training at the École internationale Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He is the author of several books, which have earned him numerous distinctions as well as both academic and government recognition.

Roger’s dedication to cross-cultural relations also prompted him to film a documentary series, which he developed in collaboration with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the ACCESS Television network. This bilingual multi-part series explored the coexistence of different cultures and was an immense success; it aired both here in Canada and abroad. The project’s rich and diverse approach soon made the filmed document one of the leading educational resources for cross-cultural training in Canada, Europe and Australia. Ever keen to enrich his professional experience, Roger continues to balance his academic research, teaching and artistic practice. Writing now plays an increasingly important role in his life, as evidenced by his recent foray into film. From Sherbrooke to Brooks, produced by the National Film Board, is his first feature film. In it, Roger explores the multifaceted challenges of integrating newcomers of African descent into Canada, allowing him to turn his authentic and humanistic gaze once more on the infinite richness of cultural diversity.


Dominic Desjardins
Producer (NFB)
Biography
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Dominic Desjardins

After completing his studies at the National Conservatory of Paris, directing and performing in the theatre world in France, Dominic comes back to Canada to participate in a high-profile television show where he directs and shoots 18 short documentaries in 11 countries around the world. He then works as a director on various shows for French and English television networks, before starting Zazie Films, a film, television and new media production company with which he directs two feature films, Le Divan du Monde, and La Sacrée, as well as numerous interactive projects. He joins the NFB in 2013 as the executive producer of the Francophonie Studio, responsible for all French-language documentary and interactive productions in Canada, outside Quebec. Some of the projects on his slate include a documentary series in 360 ° VR, an online interactive piece about the psychology of gambling, and a documentary following African refugees as they move across Canada seeking decent jobs and a sense of belonging.

Credits

A film directed by
Roger Parent

Produced by
Dominic Desjardins

From Sherbrooke to Brooks
Inside a Migration Corridor

End Credits

Participants

Angèle Juma and her family
Désiré Kiana
Estela Kasaba and her family
Jean Kazadi

Written and Directed by
Roger Parent

Script Consultant
Paulin Mulatris

Camera
James Gray
René Collins
Richard Tremblay

Location Sound
Pierre Bouchard
Ron Osiowy

Editing
Annie Jean

Original Music
Marc Beaulieu
Estelle Lavoie

Research
Paulin Mulatris

Archival Research
Doris Lapierre

Production Manager
Valérie Lavoie
Marie-France Guerrette

Assistant Editor
Joëlle Arseneau

Sound Editing
Daniel Toussaint

Assistant Sound Editing
Francis Gauthier

Foley
Lise Wedlock

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Musicians
Marc Beaulieu, Lead, Keyboard and Guitar
Estelle Lavoie, Guitar and Kora
Diely Mori Tounkara, Guitar and Kora
Salif Sanou, Flute
Sadio Sissokho, Percussions
Jeff Smallwood, Drums

Original Songs
“Prologue et Titres”
Music by Marc Beaulieu and Estelle Lavoie, Lyrics by Bibish Mumbu and Papy Mbwiti, Vocals by Sadio Sissokho (UDA)

“I Fan Lon”
Music by Marc Beaulieu and Estelle Lavoie, Lyrics by Sadio Sissokho, Vocals by Sadio Sissokho (UDA)

“Congo Mani”
Music by Marc Beaulieu and Estelle Lavoie, Lyrics by Bibish Mumbu and Papy Mbwiti, Vocals by Sadio Sissokho (UDA)

“Arrivés à Brooks”
Traditional music, Composing by Marc Beaulieu and Estelle Lavoie, Lyrics by Bibish Mumbu and Papy Mbwiti, Vocals by Sadio Sissokho (UDA), Backing vocals by Estelle Lavoie (UDA) and Marc Beaulieu (UDA)

“Épilogue”
Music by Marc Beaulieu and Estelle Lavoie, Lyrics by Bibish Mumbu, Papy Mbwiti and Sadio Sissokho, Vocals by Sadio Sissokho (UDA)

“Prière pour la paix”
Music by Marc Beaulieu and Estelle Lavoie, Lyrics by Bibish Mumbu, Papy Mbwiti and Sadio Sissokho, Vocals by Sadio Sissokho (UDA)

Original soundtrack
© 2016 National Film Board of Canada (SOCAN)

Additional music

Improvisation by Simon Buakasa
Vocals by Gloria Mukadi, Nathalie Kitalebe, Charline Biniwa, Omer Tshilumba, and Simon Buakasa

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Infographics and Titles
Mélanie Bouchard

Sound Mixing
Serge Boivin

Archives

Sources: Archives de Radio-Canada
National Film Board of Canada
Personal photographs of Angèle Juma, Désiré Kiana and Kagayo Kasaba

Studio Team

Marketing Manager
Geneviève Bérard

Administrator
Geneviève Duguay

Studio Manager
Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo

Production Coordinator
Laura Bergeron

Technical Coordinators
Daniel Claveau
Mira Mailhot

Technical Support
Pierre Dupont
Marcus Matyas
Isabelle Painchaud
Patrick Trahan

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianotis

Executive Producer
Dominic Desjardins

 

Produced by
The National Film Board of Canada
Canadian Francophonie Studio

In collaboration with
UNIS TV

Anthony Cauchy – Manager, Original Productions

Pierre Gang – Head of Programing

UNIS.CA

 

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