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Heartbeat of a Nation

Le cœur battant d'une nation
Eric Janvier
2022 | 20 min 22 sec
Short documentary
Original English version

Awards and Festivals

  • Official Selection International First Peoples' Festival, Canada (2023)

  • Official selection - ShortsCalgary International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official Selection - Shorts Forum ProgramVancouver International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionAmerican Indian Film Festival, San Francisco (2022)


Short Synopses


Learning to Make the Drum

Grandfather Honor Song

Interview with Filmmaker Eric Janvier


Agnes Duke and Brant Janvier's child

Brant Janvier's child making their drum

Brant Janvier and his child

Brant Janvier and his child

Devon Supeene
Photo: Devon Supeene

Behind the scenes photo
Devon Supeene
Photo: Devon Supeene


Eric Janvier

Photo : Kelton Stepanowich

Coty Savard
Producer (NFB)

Photo : Conor McNally

David Christensen
Executive Producer (NFB)

Photo : NFB


Written and Directed by
Eric Janvier

Brant Janvier
August Janvier
Agnes Duke

Filmed on location in Janvier, Alberta Treaty 8 territory

Executive Producer
David Christensen

Coty Savard 

Associate Producer
Devon Supeene

Director of Photography
Holly Mazur 

Second Camera
Tamarra Lessard

Picture Editor
Sarah Taylor

Sound Recordists
Dmitri Bandet
Ariana Brophy

Sound Design and Mix
Dmitri Bandet

Production Supervisor
Esther Viragh

Studio Operations Manager
Darin Clausen

Studio Administrators
Bree Beach
Devon Supeene

Production Coordinator
Janet Kwan 

Technical Coordination
Luc Binette

Legal Counsel
Christian Pitchen

Picture Finishing Services
Elemental Post

Finishing Supervisor
Matt Drake 

David Tomiak

Finishing Artist
Ryan Mance

Recording & Re-recording
Dmitri Bandet

Stills Photographer
Devon Supeene

Marketing Manager
Kelly Fox 

Marketing Coordinator
Michelle Rozon

Katja De Bock

Multi-Media Transcripts Inc.

Ron Janvier
Shelly Janvier
Chehala Leonard
Alicia Smith
Jon Montes
Jessica Smith

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada © 2022

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