Nos hommes dans l'Ouest
The documentary Nos hommes dans l’Ouest offers a different perspective on working far from home and the social impact of mega-projects like the oil sands operations in Alberta, Canada. These large-scale projects spur economic growth but also involve human costs that impact the cultural identify of regions in big and small ways. Over six months, three families from the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick opened their doors and hearts to director Renée Blanchar and her team. This powerful documentary tackles issues related to working far from home, life choices, and values, but especially absence. Absence is undoubtedly the highest price to pay for all members of the families involved. This 80-minute documentary produced by Maryse Chapdelaine of Ça Tourne Productions opened the 2017 Festival International du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA) and was then selected for the 2019 Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma festival and the 2019 Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. It was nominated for a Gémeaux award in 2019.