BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD : International Film Festival Les Percéides

JURY'S SPECIAL MENTION AWARD : Babel Film Festival, Cagliari, Italy  


Nobody knows what happened. Tainted meat? Poisonous berries? In 1943, 24 out of 40 residents of Qarmaarjuit, on Baffin Island, died. Today, Ruth, who survived, and Elisapee, whose family took in Ruth in Nallua, not far from the tragedy, live in Pond Inlet. They visit the communities where their lives were transformed. Documenting the journey with rich, poignant direction, and exploring the deeper question of the survival of Inuit culture, Christian Mathieu Fournier looks into the causes of a largely forgotten event, with help from the work of plant ecologist José Gérin-Lajoie of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois 2016


Festivals :

BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD : International Film Festival Les Percéides
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, Montana, USA

Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois

World Premiere : Montréal First Peoples Festival 
Québec City Film Festival 
Festival opening film: Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado

Babel Film Festival, Cagliari, Italy

Festival International du Film Insulaire de l’Île de Groix, France

Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement

Cinoche - Baie-Comeau International film festival

Ciné-7 - Sept-Îles Film Festival


Distribution : Spira


Contact : Catherine Thériault

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In 1943, within a few days, 25 people died at the Qarmaarjuit camp, on Baffin Island, Nunavut, which is over half of the population of this Inuit community. Still unexplained to this day, the standing theories that could help understand this tragedy will soon be disclosed.


Two survivors from this tragedy, Ruth and Elisapie, return to the location to pay final respects to their family. While waiting to leave the community of Pond Inlet, where they have been living for over fifty years, these two old women take one last look at the ocean that calls deeply within them this longed-for return to their ancestral land.


Beyond the personal and intimate look, this return represents a collective legacy for the community, an answer to their questions, to their origins.


The hope to bridge past and future.

Technical details

Documentary, 76 min, 2015


Director: Christian M. Fournier

Research : José Gérin-Lajoie

Photography: Christian M. Fournier

Editing: René Roberge

Sound design and editing: Claude Beaugrand

Music: Bertrand Chénier

Producers: Nadine Beaudet and José Gérin-Lajoie

Distribution : Spira

Production: Mediactive