Laurette, la femme aux médicaments
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In the 1950s, Laurette Tardif worked as a nurse among the Attikamewks, a people who lived on the vast expanses of the Haute-Mauricie. Laurette was a prominent figure in the village of Clova. She talks about the nursing care provided to the Attikamewks and about their lifestyle during this era. Her warm testimony is illustrated by remarkable photographs of her as she made her rounds in the reserves. Images of the modern Clova and the videomaker's reflections on the current lifestyle of the Attikamewk people complete this concise and evocative documentary.

1993
Canada
19:40
Original language
French

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Credits

Direction
Nathalie Goulet
Brigitte Nadeau
Camera
Nathalie Goulet
Online Editing
Denis Gathelier
Voice
Lucien Jean-Pierre
Production
Toutatoé
Nathalie Goulet

Technical information

Color
Black and white
Color
Sound
Mono
Shooting format
Betacam

Documentation

Further information

Commentary by Claire Valade, Film critic from Quebec

Documentary makers Brigitte Nadeau and Nathalie Goulet succeed in killing two birds with one stone : they present a first-hand account of a bygone era of Quebec’s pioneer history (albeit not very long ago) and a portrait of an ordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. Her perspective on life in a remote area and the years spent taming a hostile land and learning to share it with aboriginal communities is deeply respectful and serene—qualities shared by Laurette’s words and wonderful photographs.

Keywords
Community, health, care, First Nations