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The Search for Evangeline (License C)


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The Search for Evangeline (2014) – Bashar Shbib from Sunset Pictures on Vimeo.

83 minutes

The Search for Evangeline is a homage to 100 years of feature film-making in Canada. Evangeline was the first feature film made in Canada in 1913 and shot in Nova Scotia based upon a Longfellow poem written in 1847 depicting the expulsion of the Acadian population. Shbib seeks to find out what there remains of this first Canadian feature film, and why and how it was produced. The film also examines the historical narratives, and institutional memories in contemporary Acadian society of their expulsion and subsequent resettlement.

À la recherche d’Évangéline est un documetaire sur le premier long-métrage au Canada, Evangeline. On y suit la quête du réalisateur Bashar Shbib pour trouver une copie de ce film perdu, de Île-du-Prince-Édouard à la Californie, en passant par la Louisiane. Cette démarche nous fait découvrir, avec l’aide des intervenants, l’importance du mythe d’Évangéline, les débuts du cinéma au Canada et le contexte de production de l’époque.

Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, 2014
Charlottetown Film Festival, 2015

Licence C pour les grandes institutions
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