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Michel Huneault
2018 | 15 min
Accessible in virtual reality and online

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionFIPADOC 2019

  • Interactive Production - Documentary NomineeNumix Awards 2019

  • Nomination Best Interactive Experience: All Categories Prix Gémeaux 2019

  • Official Selection & FinalistVR Arles Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionOpen City Documentary Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionCamden International Film Festival 2018

  • FWA of the DayThe FWA Awards 2018

  • Official SelectionFantasia Film Festival 2018


Creator's Statement

Glossary: Words matter. So which ones should be used?

Technical Specifications




Untitled 17, Roxham Road, Michel Huneault, 2017.
Untitled 2, Roxham Road, Michel Huneault, 2017.
Untitled 9, Roxham Road, Michel Huneault, 2017.
Untitled 25, Roxham Road, Michel Huneault, 2017.


Michel Huneault
Photo : Joannie Lafrenière

Michel Huneault

In his practice, Michel Huneault combines documentary photography and contemporary visual art. Committed to a personal, humanist approach, he brings together still images and immersive elements in his work.

Before devoting himself to photography full-time in 2008, he worked in international development for more than a decade. That career took him to more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, where he spent an entire year in Kandahar. Michel has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California Berkeley, where he was a Rotary Peace Fellow studying the role of collective memory after large-scale traumatic events. He studied under and assisted Magnum photographer Gilles Peress at Berkeley and in New York City.

Michel Huneault’s interest in development, trauma, migration and other geographically complex realities remains strong today. He develops his projects in chapters over a period of several years, presenting them through complementary platforms ranging from traditional media to contemporary art spaces.

His long-term project on the Lac-Mégantic train disaster won the 2015 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize and was published the following year by Schilt Publishing in a book titled The Long Night of Mégantic. In 2016, the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship enabled him to deepen his research on migratory issues. The same year, his project Post Tohoku, on the effects of the tsunami in Japan, was nominated for a Prix Pictet 7 and received a Prix Antoine-Désilets. His work has been presented in Japan, the United States, Canada and Switzerland. Michel Huneault lives in Montreal and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


Maude Thibodeau
Interactive Designer
Photo : Anouk Lessard, L'Éloi

Maude Thibodeau

Maude Thibodeau studied fashion at Cégep Marie-Victorin and graphic design at Université du Québec à Montréal before going on to a successful career as an art director and designer. For the last 10 years, she has been immersed in the world of interactive media, working for Urbania (Fort McMoney, Tamy@UK, urbania.ca) and Sid Lee, while also collaborating on independent projects such as #TamyUSA, Beauté fatale, and Face à la rue. She is currently at Dpt. (The Enemy, Testimony, Roxham), where she continues to create content-rich interactive experiences, from virtual reality installations to engaging websites.

Chantal Dumas
Sound Designer
Photo : Pamela Gallant

Chantal Dumas

Chantal Dumas studied music and interactive media. She loves sound, talks about sound, and makes sound. Sound connects us to one another. It’s the taut string that vibrates on all frequencies. Her personal projects have led her into the worlds of radio, sound installation, electroacoustic music, audio art, and travel. Her professional collaborations are in the fields of literature, poetry, visual arts, cinema, sound design, and dance. She loves listening to cities and to nature, both alone and with others, and is a fan of any wide-open or urban space where she can hold out a microphone. Her work has been broadcast on radio internationally (ABC, BBC, Deutschlandradio Kultur, etc.) and has won awards including the Opus (Quebec), Phonurgia Nova (France) and Bohemia Radio (République tchèque) prizes.


Hugues Sweeney
Producer & Executive Producer

Hugues Sweeney

After several years of twisting letters as well as ideas by studying philosophy, literature and death metal, Hugues Sweeney became interested in stories as much as the opportunities that technology offers to tell them. First in new media at Radio-Canada, then head of Bande à part and Espace musique, he joined the National Film Board of Canada in 2009 as executive producer dedicated to interactive works. Continuing experimentation both in the grammar of interaction, in sound creation or in generative art, projects from the interactive studio of the NFB has received numerous international awards including SXSW, Japan Media Arts, Boomerang, FIPA d’or and nominations for the Digital Emmy, IDFA, Gemini or the Gémeaux.


Created by Michel Huneault,
with Maude Thibodeau
and Chantal Dumas, produced by the NFB,
in collaboration with Le Devoir, Phi and Dpt.

Original Idea, Ideation, Photography,
Sound Recording, Text and Narration
Michel Huneault

Sound Design and Audio Mix
Chantal Dumas

Set Director
(Narration Recording)
Benoît Rousseau

Dpt. Team

Ideation and Experience Design
Maude Thibodeau

3D Artist
Hugo Forget

Stéphane Demotte

Geneviève Trépanier

Creative Director
Nicolas S. Roy

NFB Team

Executive Producer
Hugues Sweeney

Production Manager
Marie-Pier Gauthier

Editorial Manager
Valérie Darveau

Technology Director
Martin Viau

Production Coordinators
Marie-Ève Babineau
Claudia Boutin
Dominique Brunet
Caroline Fournier

Marie-Andrée Bonneau

Marketing Manager
Tammy Peddle

Marketing Coordinator
Stéphanie Quevillon

Social Media Strategist
Kate Ruscito

Community Managers
Alyssia Duval-Nguon
Mélissa Sauvé

Web Content Project Manager
Félix-Antoine Viens

Press Relations
Marie-Claude Lamoureux

Information Technology
Sergiu Suciu

Legal Services
Hugo Barnabé

English Translation and Revision
Jenny Montgomery

Special Thanks
Louise Arbour
Stéphanie Beaudoin
Sophie Bertrand
Adil Boukind
Catherine Bourassa-Hébert
Laurence Butet-Roch
Michel Campeau
Sarah R. Champagne
André Dufour
Seif Elhamoud
Hubert Hayaud
Tarin Hughes
Joannie Lafrenière
Pierre-Alexandre Lapointe
Karine Laurier
Sophie Mangado
Edward Maloney
François Pouliot
Émilie Régnier
Susana Reisman
Fanny Rodrigue
Claire Sykes

Press Relations

  • Dpt.

    Dpt. is a digital studio crafting award-winning immersive and narrative experiences. We conceptualize, design and build content-driven work for brands and museums as well as for the entertainment, film and education industries.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. NFB interactive productions and digital platforms have won over 100 awards, including 21 Webbys. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.