Documentaries

Carleton-sur-Mer, mon coin de paradis
More than a snapshot of history, this film is a reflection, an analysis of this part of the peninsula and the major issues and challenges it has faced through time. This is a new perspective on people, stories, passions and a place. It is also my view of people I have lived with for over 25 years.

The film I have dreamed of producing since the first day I took root between the sea and the mountains.


Broadcaster: Ici Radio-Canada

QUEBECERS: 1976 TO 2016

Forty years after 1976, baby boomers are preparing to pass the torch. What are the dreams of Quebecers today?

1976 was a memorable year. In our imagination, it was the year that everything was possible. November 2016 marks the anniversary of the first election of the Parti Québecois. With the Olympics, Quebecers welcomed the world to Montreal. Forty years later, Quebec is getting older. The Yes-No debate has eroded and new generations have now taken their place. Should baby boomers carry on or pass on their legacy? What have the dreams of Quebecers become?

Still very much alive, those dreams have changed and are now expressed differently. Far from being nostalgic, Marie Grégoire is convinced of the wealth of its people and its territory and is on a quest to discover what inspires and motivates Quebec. She paints a picture of what shapes these dreams today.

To find out what animates Quebecers, this documentary brings together notable figures from the past from the world of politics and sports, and current observers and agents of change. Marie, Lise Bacon, Jacques Léonard, Pierre Harvey, Alex Harvey, Alexandre Taillefer, Laure Waridel, Marie-France Bazzo, Régine Laurent, Pierre Lavoie, Éric Montigny and Youri Rivest reveal what motivates the people of Quebec.


Broadcast: Les Grands reportages, ICI RDI. November 16th, 2016

 

Il était une fois Tracadièche

This two-hour film will tell the story of Carleton-sur-Mer from yesterday to today, and will also explore its future prospects in a new way.

Through the eyes of men and women of all ages, we will discover the hidden side of its history. Committed and passionate views of our past, present and future reality.

Several areas of its social life will be touched on in these in-depth interviews and images captured in the field, including population, forestry, tourism, fisheries, agriculture, economy, society, culture and religious life. All eras will be examined using an approach that is both human and sensitive.

The goal of these documentaries is to present collective memory, a common asset that should be immortalized. A snapshot of history that can serve as a reference point for future historians, who will one day look at our past and our contemporary era. These stories will allow us to understand our past so that we can know what the future holds. A fair and humane portrait of who we are, where we come from, but also where we are going.

Broadcaster: Telus MyCommunity - February 2017

 

The Big Illusion of Recycling

Has Quebec recycling failed twenty years after being implemented? Compared to the rest of Canada, Quebec has a terrible track record. Landfills remain much cheaper than sorting centres, and with 5.4 million tons of waste produced every year, it is not surprising that business is booming for garbage barons. Untangling the mess of mistakes and inconsistencies of recycling in Quebec is starting to look more and more like an autopsy. But why? Is it too late to try to emulate California’s stellar recycling program?

OF HORSES AND WOMEN

THE MARINE FISHERIES IN QUEBEC: THE RETURN OF GROUNDFISH

Script writer and director: Jean Guénette

Broadcaster: Télus maCommunauté 2015

In 1993, the Government of Canada imposed a moratorium on fishing groundfish. The entire economic and industrial structure of Eastern Canada, on which the country was built upon for more than 450 years, came to a sudden stop. Over 50,000 fishers and plant workers lost their jobs. Hundreds of communities were affected.

21 years after the shock, many villages are still a shadow of what they once were. In Eastern Quebec and the Maritimes, the remains of a glorious past can still be found in the landscape, but regional economies continue to search for a way to survive.

While fishers of the Gulf of St. Lawrence still don’t have the right to fish groundfish, the office of the Minister of Fisheries in Ottawa gave permission to a factory ship to enter the area that is under moratorium to fish groundfish, rockfish and cod.

This has only added insult to injury for fishers, processors and citizens of coastal communities of the Gulf of St. Lawrence is Gaspésie, the North Shore, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

The manager of the fishery resource, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, refuses to open the groundfish fishery despite the fact that there is a return of the resource in the Gulf.

Independent scientists have noticed a return of cod and rockfish in several areas. Fishers who have not declared bankruptcy or changed vocation are excited. With scientific proof in hand, they have even asked the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to reopen a fishery aimed at groundfish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This would enable the revitalization of dozens of villages in maritime regions.

The summer of 2014 was conclusive. Thousands of sport fishers caught cod on the docks in Eastern Quebec. In addition, the fishing areas were closed for other species (shrimp and Atlantic halibut) because too much cod and rockfish filled the nets.

The Marine Fisheries in Quebec: The Return of Groundfish is a statement about today’s reality and the possible solutions for the future. A look at the history, its past, present and future. A contemplation on our reality, and on the prospects that await us through new ways of working, whether for the capture, processing or marketing of groundfish.

L'Empress of Ireland le naufrage oublié

Script writer and director: Jean Guénette

Broadcaster: ICI Radio-Canada, friday may 30th, 9 pm

L'Empress of Ireland le naufrage oublié is more than a historical documentary.

This one-hour film will recount the worst maritime tragedy to have occurred in Canadian waters, a shipwreck that killed 1,012 people on May 29, 1914.

But we will also go beyond this story. We will return to the wreck of the Empress, more than 160 feet deep, to discover new secrets and reveal facts that have never before been told.

The film will present this diving expedition off the coast of Rimouski. It will describe the current state of one of the biggest shipwrecks in the country, a wreck that must be protected from looting, widespread in recent years, and from the nature that surrounds it.

 

The Micmac of Gaspésie

The Micmac communities of Gaspésie, Gaspeg, Gesgapegiag and Listuguj have a population of approximately 5,500 people.

Similar to other communities in remote areas, Aboriginal peoples in Gaspésie face many challenges, of which health, education and economic development are at the top of the list. Living on a reserve accentuates the difficulties, and the Indian Act is no stranger to the problems that have plagued Micmac communities.

In this 21-minute documentary, we propose to look at the areas of health, education and economic development, which are directly related to the current challenges faced by the Micmac of Gaspésie.

With various guest commentators, we will highlight the difficult realities of the communities, and offer possible solutions to initiate the process of social healing for generations to come.

 

PAS DE PIQUERIE DANS MON QUARTIER

Producer: Jean Guénette
Script writer: Jean Guénette
Directors: Jean Guénette et les frères Seaborn
 

You can watch at : http://video.telequebec.tv/pas-de-piquerie-dans-mon-quartier

Approximately 125,000 Canadians are injection drug users IDUs. Quebec is no exception with nearly 30,000 people who use injection drugs. Addiction in Quebec City is very present, but inconspicuous. It is mainly focused in the St-Roch area, where a successful urban revitalization is underway.

In the middle of the neighborhood, the support group Point de Repères Compass Point is working to implement a supervised injection site in Quebec City, which would be only the second of its kind in Canada. The urgency of having an injection site to help addicts is a consensus among community organizations and health professionals in the area.

The political world is slow to act and position itself. Meanwhile, people become infected, suffer and die of overdose.

 

LES SURVIVANTS DE LA BATAILLE DE HONG KONG

Producer and director: Jean Guénette

Les survivants de la bataille de Hong Kong will air Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 8 PM on RDI.

It is part of Cinétoile’s Week-end documentaire, broadcaster of writers’ films on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM, at studio Hydro-Québec du Quai des Arts de Carleton-sur-Mer.

 

70 YEARS LATER, GASPESIAN SURVIVORS REMEMBER

On December 7, television networks all over the world will broadcast TV reports about Pearl Harbor to mark the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack. But it shouldn’t be forgotten that eight hours after the attack, the Battle of Hong Kong took place. December 8, 1941 at 8 o'clock in the morning. Unlike Pearl Harbor, there were nearly 2,000 Canadian soldiers in Hong Kong. Hundreds of them died. Many were captured and sentenced to hard labour for close to four long years. A Royal Commission would later admit that it was the Canadian Government’s fault: why were they sent to fight ill-equipped and poorly trained, knowing they would die?

70 years later, six survivors of the Battle of Hong Kong from the Gaspésie remember. We propose to listen to them and watch them tell this little known story before it is too late.

 

GAGNER LE NORD

Producer: Jean Guénette
Scriptwriters: Jean Guénette and James Gray
Directors: Evangéline De Pas and James Gray
DOP: James Gray

This one hour documentary film is the story of Gracia Bahati, a CBC listener chosen in a contest who will get the chance to travel to the Arctic. This is an extraordinary journey aboard the DesGroseillers, the biggest icebreaker in the Canadian Coast Guard.

GAGNER LE NORD is the meeting with the North, its weather, the village people who receive supplies from the DesGroseillers, and an opportunity to discover the work the people of the Coast Guard do. Highlights include meeting Captain Sylvain Bertrand making his last trip to the Arctic with his 35 member crew, several missions to escort ships, icebreaking, bringing supplies to isolated communities and rescues at sea.

GAGNER LE NORD is the journey of an ordinary person, under extraordinary circumstances, in a unique environment: The Arctic.

You can watch at : http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/bas-st-laurent/dossiers/2010/gagner_le_nord/

 

Accoucher en douceur

 

Producer: Jean Guénette
Reseacher: Jean Guénette
Scriptwriter: Jean Guénette

ACCOUCHER EN DOUCEUR is the result of discovery and great sensitivity that tells the story of Karyne St-Onge, who gives birth on camera and gives us a lesson in overcoming fear. While ACCOUCHER EN DOUCEUR is a film that deals with the technique of HypnoBirthing, it is also a film that speaks of the fear of pain and fear in our society through the ultimate experience of birth, from the point of view of women who give birth. This is a documentary that is dedicated to women who will give life, to enable them to approach this event with the greatest serenity.

 

Gaspé, 475 ans

Producer: Jean Guénette

When Jacques Cartier planted a cross as a symbol for the king of France on July 24, 1534, who would have known that Gaspé, located deep in a beautiful bay, would be the cradle of French civilization in North America. That is exactly what happened.

Forty years after Cartier, seasonal facilities would lay the foundation for what would become Gaspé.

Gaspé, or Gaspe (which means "land's end") will celebrate 475 years of fabulous stories. Between the French, the conquest, the two great wars and its entry into modernity, Gaspé has evolved to the rhythm of the sea, the forest, tourism and especially its openness to the world.

Even today this crossroads attracts people from everywhere, and its future is promising because as people in Gaspé say, “Here, there is everything to do! "

 

Maritime

In production for TV5 Québec Canada

13 X 30 min.

Producer: Jean Guénette

Scriptwriters and directors: Jean Guénette and scriptwriters: Jean Guénette, Évangéline De Pas, Nadine Fournelle, Yann Langevin, Jean-Pierre Cereghetti

The documentary series Maritime presents stories of our people who have an extraordinary link to the sea. The stories of these men and women tells of today's reality through their eyes, their ideas, their work, their aspirations and their dreams. Whether they are researchers, fishers, aquaculture workers, shipbuilders, artists, sailors of simply shoreline inhabitants, they all have a sense of the sea that is reflected in their words and their actions.

 

CAPTAIN MICHAUD'S JOURNEY

 

A boat-movie by Yann Langevin

Télé-Québec and CBC

Producer: Jean Guénette

Distributor: Vidéographe

A film by Yann Langevin

Festival de Saint-Séverin 2009

Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2009

Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal 2009

For several years, Capitaine Michaud, a 74-year-old man from the Gaspé, has been collecting donations in his native region to bring them every winter to Haïti. During his journeys, he was often struck by the lack of medical care available to the nation's coastal inhabitants, In most cases, these regions are many miles from any form of inland infirmary, and the poor quality of the roads make it nearly impossible to get to them.

For several years, Capitaine Michaud, a 74-year-old man from the Gaspé, has been collecting donations in his native region to bring them every winter to Haïti. During his journeys, he was often struck by the lack of medical care available to the nation's coastal inhabitants, In most cases, these regions are many miles from any form of inland infirmary, and the poor quality of the roads make it nearly impossible to get to them.

Never mind: Captain Michaud has decided to turn an old boat into a mobile infirmary and bring help to the coastal people of Haïti.

But Captain Michaud does certainly nothing as everybody else: he wants to finance, build, equip and especially pilot his boat down south all by himself. A former sailor, Captain Michaud is a real character. He is funny, roguish, creative and determined. Starting from the race for donations and sponsorships to the building of the floating hospital, continuing on the long journey between the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Caribbean Sea, all the way to the tour of the Haitian islands, a whole adventure is in preparation. A trip of more than 4500 kilometers from Saint-Anne-des Monts in Québec to Port-au-Prince in Haiti, following this caring captain without fear.

From the Gaspé to Haiti, the quiet odyssey of an apparently ordinary man...

 

Était Fabriqué au Québec


Smurfit-Stone Mill, New Richmond, August 2005.

Télé-Québec: september, the 17 2007, 21:00.
Coproducer : National Film Board, Jacques Turgeon.

This film, an opinion documentary, conveys the story of workers at the Smurfit-Stone paper mills in New Richmond and Bathurst at the time of the closures. The film highlights and exposes the behavior of large paper mills everywhere in North America. It explains how they took over the ressource and the lives of those who depended on it. All of this was done in the name of profit, viability and the globalization of markets.

 

Yvon Durelle, le boxeur qui vient de la mer


Yvon Durelle, 2005.

Jean Guénette: Producer, Scriptwriter and Researcher.

Les histoires oubliées.
Les productions Vic Pelletier / www.pvp.ca

All communities have their heros. So do Acadians. For them, it is Yvon Durelle, a living legend in New Brunswick. This Baie Ste-Anne fisherman overcame all obstacles to reach the highest levels of Canadian, American and international boxing podiums.

Broadcast : 2007, RDI, Radio-Canada
Length : 60 minutes

 

Le désastre d’Escuminac


Escuminac, Nouveau-Brunswik, 2005.

Les histoires oubliées. RDI, Radio-Canada 2006.
Les productions Vic Pelletier / www.pvp.ca

On Friday, June 19, 1959, it was salmon and mackerel fishing season in the small New Brunswick villages of Escuminac, Baie du Vin and Baie Ste-Anne. One hundred or so boats  took to the sea as usual. No one suspected what would happen next. The weather forecast was ordinary, strong winds, but people were used to that. No one could imagine such a storm, not even Alphonse Doucet, 19-years old at the time, who was fishing with his father and his brother that day.

 

Les métiers de la mer


Rivière-au-Renard, Québec.

Jean Guénette: Producer, Scriptwriter and Researcher.
Élaine Poirier : Assistant Producer

This film is an accurate and positive portrayal of various fisheries, of aquaculture and of ocean sciences in Quebec. Its objective is to promote these related trades and to revitalize all aspects of this activity.

Broadcast : 2006, CHAU-TVA and CIMT-TVA.
Length : 60 minutes

Distribution: Filmoption International

 

Un fleuve insoupçonné

Scriptwriter and Producer : Jean Guénette
Co-scriptwriter : Élaine Poirier

Documentary Series Vu du large
Productions Thalie/Les productions Vic Pelletier

A restaurant owner harvests his garden at the bottom of the ocean. Because of the lack of cod, fishermen catch new species  and plants pack fish from elsewhere.
The Gaspé is undergoing profound changes as shown by the Vu du large team in this program dedicated to ocean resources. The SEDNA IV sailboat drops anchor in Percé where new ideas abound to satisfy the appetite of fishermen and consumers.
Broadcast : RDI-Radio-Canada
Length : 30 minutes

 

Les cultivateurs de la mer

Scriptwriter and Producer : Jean Guénette
Co-scriptwriter : Élaine Poirier

Documentary Series Vu du large.
Productions Thalie/Les productions Vic Pelletier

In the Bay of Chaleur and the Magdalen Islands, fishermen are becoming ocean farmers. A mussel farming industry is taking hold on the ocean floor that harbours less and less fish. It’s a major change of course that positions maritime Quebec at the center of producing countries. But we can’t harvest the ocean like we can throw a net in the water. The Vu du large team followed these new harvesters who go out to sea like some used to go to the fields.
Broadcast : RDI-Radio-Canada
Length : 30 minutes

 

Des morues et des hommes

Jean Guénette: Producer, Scriptwriter and Researcher.
Élaine Poirier : Assistant Producer

Les productions Vic Pelletier

This one-hour documentary explores the state of cod fishermen for the past 12 years, since the closure of the fishery in the Atlantic region. We try to understand and feel what the people, the communities and the industries that depended on the cod fishery have gone through in the last 12 years and the rare glimmers of hope for the future.
In presenting fishermen, scientists, politicians and coastal communities, we also present the foretold death of the cod fishery.  With the help of historians, we explain the culture of the cod fishery, its origins and why it is difficult for Altantic fishermen to fish other species.
Broadcast : 2005 RDI- Radio-Canada.
Length : 60 minutes

 

Le scandale de la Baie-des-Chaleurs

Research, Script and Production : Jean Guénette
Les productions Vic Pelletier

During the second half of the XIX century, when the industrial revolution reached its pinnacle, the railway was key to economic and social development. Thus, everyone wanted to have the railway close by, knowing that its presence would facilitate communications and ensure prosperity. Such was the case in the Gaspé where for years, people demanded a rail network for the entire territory. But the region learned to be patient…
Broadcast : RDI-Radio-Canada
Length : 30 minutes

 

La Pulperie de Chicoutimi

Research, Script and Production : Jean Guénette
Les productions Vic Pelletier

In 1896, Joseph Dominique Guay and a few fellow associates planned to stimulate the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region’s stagnant economy. They created the Compagnie de pulpe de Chicoutimi, the very first paper pulp industry run by French Canadians. For over 30 years, the company helped the region thrive.
Broadcast : RDI-Radio-Canada
Length : 30 minutes

 

Le homard de Menier

Research, Script and Production: Jean Guénette
Field Producer : Élaine Poirier

Les productions Vic Pelletier

Anticosti Island is a gem that attracts visitors for its beautiful scenery and relatively wild nature. It is also a rich salmon and lobster fishing ground as well as a hunting ground where deer are abundant. If visitors are happy to reach this almost mythical land, the passing boats, for their part, must deal with difficult conditions, such as sailing for twelve hours in temperamental seas to deliver cargo to Gaspé, being subjected to changing weather and avoiding the numerous reefs that surround the island.
Broadcast : RDI-Radio-Canada
Length : 30 minutes

 

Le canal de Soulanges

Research, Script and Production : Jean Guénette
Les productions Vic Pelletier

To facilitate navigation between the St.Lawrence and the Great Lakes, the Soulanges Canal was built in 1892. Linking the St. François and St. Louis lakes, this navigation route fostered maritime transportation by avoiding dangerous rapids in the Montreal area.  It also served another purpose: it cimented the young nation that was Canada. Inaugurated in 1899, the canal stimulated much activity. After the second world war, 5000 boats used it anually, increasing traffic and economic spin-offs in the region. The golden age of the canal lasted 100 years, and ended when the St. Lawrence seaway opened. A project is currently under study to revitalize the canal.
Broadcast : RDI-Radio-Canada
Length : 30 minutes

 

Joseph Venne, architecte


Monument national, Montréal

Research, Scriptwriting and Production : Jean Guénette
Les productions Vic Pelletier

Montreal is in full expansion when architect Joseph Venne earns his spurs. Born in 1858, he quickly becomes part of the in-group of important architects and will eventually erect most buildings belonging to French Montrealers. A determined perfectionist, Venne will be called on to present more than one hundred buildings, including several churches, schools and the famous Monument-National. This man ahead of his time will integrate innovative materials in his constructions: steel, cement and glass. Beyond his daring and eclectic approach, Venne helped found Quebec’s order of architects and elaborated the city of Montreal’s building code in order to establish standards of quality and security.
Broadcast : RDI-Radio-Canada
Length : 30 minutes

 

L’appel de la glace

Research and Scriptwriting : Jean Guénette
Les productions Vic Pelletier

In the Magdalen Islands, the hunt for seals, called loups-marins (sea wolves) by Islanders, is more than a tradition. It is the time of year that marks the arrival of the long awaited spring season. It is the time when men are restless and anxious to stretch their legs on the on the ice floes to hunt harp seals. This ancestral hunt used to help Magdaleners survive and sell products from the hunt while awaiting the reopening of the fishery. But the seal hunt is also synonymous with the numerous tragedies out on the ice. Many hunters never returned. One of the most painful tragedies is without a doubt what happened to the Lebel family of Anse-à-la-Cabane. A story that will send a chill down your spine…
Broadcast : RDI-Radio-Canada
Length : 30 minutes

 

Montréal, Les bains

Reseach and scriptwriting : Jean Guénette
Les productions Vic Pelletier

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a context of unbridled urbanization, Montrealers live more often than not is close quarters in small and dirty appartments. Diseases appear, and often turn into epidemics because of the lack of proper sanitation. To correct this situation, authorities open public baths in poor neighbourhoods.
Broadcast : RDI-Radio-Canada
Length : 30 minutes

 

Gaspésie déménager ou rester là?

Jean Guénette : Production, Script, Research and Camera.
Élaine Poirier : Assistant Producer
Producer : Télé-Vision84 inc.

Filmmaker’s documentary

The Gaspé : to move or to stay? That is the cruel dilemma for Gaspesians, and particularly for the area’s youths longing for a future and for success. How to survive and live in a region weakened by poverty and unemployment? The statistics are alarming. Estimates predict there will only be 25 000 people left in the Gaspé in the next 30 years if the economic and social depression continues. Deeply concerned, Jean Guénette took his camera to witness and shake up the inertia of those who could resurrect this beautiful region at risk.
Broadcast : Télé-Québec. 2003
Length : 60 minutes

 

La biodiversité de la Baie-des-Chaleurs

This documentary raises awareness and explains the multitude of species in the Bay of Chaleur part of the Gaspé region. Unique images of the flora and fauna throughout the year illustrate the rhythm of the seasons. Mamals such as deer, moose and red fox are caught on film in their natural habitat. We also discover many species of waterfowl and shore birds, including the great blue heron and the osprey. These exceptional images are a visual hommage to the beauty and frailty of the Bay of Chaleur.
Production : GASPA
Distribution : Filmoption international
Broadcast : Télé-Québec 2002.
Length : 30 minutes

 

Le paradis de l'estuaire du Saint-Laurent

Production House Imagerie du Québec Inc.
Production, Script and Research : Jean Guénette

The Bic provincial park is the Lower St. Lawrence’s nature attraction. Porcupines are particularly abundant and the park has the largest colony of common eiders in the estuary. Both species are studied and constantly observed with a view to preservation. Express wonder at the beauty and wealth of the lower Laurentien forest!
Distributor : National Film Board
Length : 30 minutes

 

Pays de mer et de montagne

Series : Voyage grandeur nature
Production : Imagerie du Québec inc.
Research, Script and Production : Jean Guénette

The Magdalen Islands and the Gaspé are two components of a regional entity. In effect, they are linked by the Appalachian mountain range. Discover the piping plover, a dangerously threatened species that nests in only one place in Quebec. Whales and gannets liven the coastal land, while caribon rule over gaspesian summits.
Distributor : National Film Board
Length : 30 minutes