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National Short and Medium-Length Competition

Forêts Simon Plouffe

A seemingly weightless camera gradually reveals the branches of an underwater forest. Voices emerge in a polyphonic narration that gathers pieces of oral history, naming places and things in the language of those who inhabited this territory for millennia. With subtlety and precision in its visual and sound design, this work combines water and fire, superimposing two threats from the colonial present rooted in destructive capitalist growth. Underpinned by Innu stories related to forests lost to the construction of dams and hydroelectric reservoirs, this captivating short film highlights the importance of trees in ecosystems and life on earth.
— Editorial Team

Simon Plouffe will also participate in a discussion with Robert Morin on the 25th as part of Doc-to-doc : 25 years of Encounters

competition : Short and Medium-Length National Competition


  • Country : Canada (Quebec)
  • Year : 2022
  • V.O : Innu
  • Subtitles : French or English
  • Duration : 16 MIN
  • Cinematography : Geoffroy Beauchemin
  • Editing : Simon Plouffe
  • Production : Simon Plouffe
  • Production : Les Films De L'Autre
  • Sound Design : Simon Plouffe
Filmography of Simon Plouffe :

L'or des autres (2011)
Ceux qui viendront, l'entendront (2018)

The film’s journey :

DOXA Documentary Film Festival | World Premiere

Krakow Film Festival | Official Selection

Edinburgh International Film Festival | Official Selection

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