The Invisible Nation comes out of the shadows thanks to Desjardins and Monderie!

    ROUYN-NORANDA, QC, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - Great excitement and thunderous
applause greeted the world premiere of The Invisible Nation/Le peuple
invisible, the searing new documentary by Richard Desjardins and Robert
Monderie. The Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue is
very proud to launch this hard-hitting film and is holding extra screenings at
popular request. The Invisible Nation will screen four times this Sunday and
will then tour the region, visiting Amos, La Sarre, Val d'Or and Ville-Marie.
The Montreal premiere is on November 14 as part of the 10th RIDM (Rencontres
internationales du documentaire de Montréal). November 23 sees its theatrical
release throughout Quebec.
    Eight years after Forest Alert/L'erreur boréale, Desjardins and Monderie
expose the grim conditions of the Quebec Algonquin. This 5,000-year-old nation
has been through many trials and is now fighting for its very survival: Its
population is just 9,000 in Quebec. The film is both a rigorously documented
history lesson and an alarming social indictment. It shows the miserable
poverty of several communities and exposes the pillaging of their natural
resources and the systematic carving up of their land. This is underpinned by
the dignity of the Algonquin men and women speaking on camera, awakening our
consciences and forcing us to face reality.
    Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie were born in Abitibi and know each
other from college days. They made their first documentary, Comme des chiens
en pacage, in 1977 and have since worked together on other films (Mouche à
feu, Noranda), including the devastating and still relevant Forest
Alert/L'erreur boréale (1999). The two directors have careers alongside
filmmaking, Monderie as a photographer and Richard Desjardins as
singer-songwriter. Their partnership with this latest film takes a humanistic
approach to environmental concerns, delves beyond clichés and is armed with a
sincere desire to shake us out of our complacency. The Invisible Nation/Le
peuple invisible is produced and distributed by the NFB.

                 Le peuple invisible / The Invisible Nation
         Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue,
                              October 27 and 28
    Tournée Télébec and Couleur FM in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, October 28 to 31
       RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal),
                                 November 14
                       Theatrical release, November 23

    About the NFB
    The National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and
distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation and digital content
that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. Since its founding
in 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000
awards, including more than 90 Genies. The NFB also received its 12th Academy
Award(R) this year for the animated short The Danish Poet, directed by Torill
Kove and co-produced by Norway's Mikrofilm AS and the NFB. The NFB is renowned
for its technical innovations and is a leader in content for new platforms.
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    Photos available at:

    Press kits and musical clips from the film accessible on the Internet

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Claude Lamoureux, NFB publicist, (514)

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