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Marie-France Guerrette
2018 | 72 min

Selections and Awards

  • La Vague Prize - Official SelectionFestival international du cinéma francophone en acadie (FICFA) 2018

  • Official SelectionRendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2019

  • Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian FeatureNorth West Fest 2019 - Edmonton, Alberta

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Director's Note


Promotional Materials


Marie-France Guerrette

Marie-France Guerrette

Marie-France Guerrette began her career on television at age 14 as the co-host of a youth show on Radio-Canada. Since then, she’s been the director, senior producer or executive producer of several nationally broadcast programs and TV series. Her rich, extensive experience enables her to manage all aspects of a major production while making use of today’s digital and electronic technologies to provide viewers with engaging and rewarding experiences.

Marie-France first began to develop her approach to documentary storytelling through the NFB’s Tremplin competition, which is geared toward emerging filmmakers in Canadian francophone-minority communities. For this program, Marie-France wrote and directed Le chœur d’une culture (Together in Harmony) in 2008 and Mon père, le roi (My Father, the King) in 2010. These two short films brilliantly illustrate her ability to tell stories and draw out her characters with great sensitivity and creativity. Her goal as a filmmaker is to explore personal stories that reveal human vulnerability and encourage viewers to see the world around them in a different light. Her passion for the human experience and existential questions is at the heart of her artistic process, a process that’s fuelled by the desire to understand who we are and why we do what we do.

In 2015, Marie-France co-founded an independent production company, Productions Loft Inc., through which she’s produced and directed many documentaries that have been broadcast nation-wide and on web platforms. These include The Secret Life of Pianos, Les cordes de la victoire, the documentary series Cow-boy urbain and a series of short films entitled How to Be French en Alberta. Her first feature documentary, the NFB-produced Sans Maman (Unmothered), is based on her own personal experience of childhood bereavement. In this doc, Marie-France takes a lucid and sensitive look at loss, the search for a mother who was gone too soon, and the quest for one’s own identity.

Marie-France has received numerous awards, including at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2017 for The Secret Life of Pianos, which won the prestigious Golden Sheaf Award in the Documentary Arts & Culture category. She was also nominated for Best Director at the Alberta Film and Television Awards in 2017.

Marie-France has sat on the board of directors of the Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta (RAFA) and on the board of directors of DOC Alberta, the local chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada.

Producer (NFB)
Photo : NFB


Denis McCready has been working in the Quebec film and television industry since 1996. He started off directing commercials for music channel MusiquePlus before becoming head of advertising for MusiquePlus, MusiMax, Super Écran and Canal Indigo. The early 2000s saw McCready working with independent production companies, where he gained experience as a production director, line producer, and producer of documentaries, documentary series, and dramas.

No stranger to technical and creative challenges, McCready has produced low-budget auteur documentaries on subjects as diverse as dance, music, the environment and child trafficking, as well as big-budget documentary series dealing with science, exploration, and war. He has overseen shoots both in Canada and abroad, many in locations that are hard to access (the Arctic, NASA, the Russian space program) or dangerous (the Atacama and Mojave deserts, the giant Cave of Crystals in Naica, Mexico). He oversaw the production of hundreds of special-effects sequences for the series Mars Rising and produced and wrote the serious game L’or du golfe for the ICI Radio-Canada website. McCready has delivered HD programs for major broadcasters, including National Geographic (US and international), Discovery (Canada, US, Latin America), History (Canada), ARTE (France/Germany), NHK (Japan), CBC, Radio-Canada, Canal D, and Télé-Québec. In addition, he’s worked on a number of official international co-productions (Canada-France, Canada-Mexico).

McCready won several awards as the producer of Chercher le courant (including the RIDM Audience Choice Award and Gémeaux Award for Best Documentary: Society) and Bas! Au-delà du Redlight (NFB Colin Low Award at DOXA). The films he’s produced have screened at many international festivals, including Hot Docs, Visions du réel, the International Festival of Films on Art, NXNE, DOXA, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), and the Vancouver International Film Festival. He has also produced two documentaries directed by Ian Jaquier: L’or du golfe, with Kevin Parent, and Kanata: Aujourd’hui la colonisation, as well as the powerful documentary MTL Punk: La première vague, by Érik Cimon and Alain Cliche.

McCready is currently Executive Producer for the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio. Previously, he worked on many NFB short and feature-length documentaries and interactive projects as a producer for the Documentary Studio and the Institutional Program.

Dominic Desjardins
Producer (NFB)

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.



Written and Directed by
Marie-France Guerrette

Jacques Guerrette
Mylène Guerrette
Murielle Leblanc
Micheline Picard
Carmelle Hagen
Johanne de Montigny
Nadine Dumas
Karen Malkin – Lazarovitz

Sergio Olivares
Jean-Marc Abela

Location Sound
Jamie Kidd
Stéphane Bourgeault
Richard Lavoie

Pauline Decroix

Sound Editing
Daniel Toussaint

Doris Lapierre

Original Music
Chloé Lacasse
Geneviève Toupin

Piano and keyboard
Chloé Lacasse
Geneviève Toupin
Guido Del Fabro

Camera assistants and additonal images
Tamarra Canu
Vanessa Abadhir

Stéphane Cadotte

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Online Editing
Yannick Carrier

Sound Mixing
Jean-Paul Vialard

Infographics and Titles
Cynthia Ouellet


Studio Team

Marketing Manager
François Jacques

Marketing Coordinator
Jolène Lessard

Production Coordinators
Laura Bergeron
Aliou Diallo
Théo Belnou

Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo
Geneviève Duguay

Technical Coordinator
Daniel Claveau

Technical Support
Patrick Trahan
Isabelle Painchaud
Pierre Dupont

Technical Audio Support
Bernard Belley

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Line Producer
Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo

Post-production Producer
Denis McCready

Executive Producer
Dominic Desjardins

Produced by the
National Film Board of Canada

In collabration with
Unis TV

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