Across Cultures

Cinema and Representation

A Voice From Within

By Albert Ohayon and Marc St-Pierre, NFB Collection Analysts

Person interviewed

Pierre Sidaoui

Lebanese-born Pierre Sidaoui left his country in 1988 because of the civil war. After living in Mexico, birthplace of his paternal grandmother, he moved to Quebec in 1991. Although he has a degree in civil engineering, he went back to school to study film. Since then he has worked in the field as script writer, director and teacher. A Scent of Mint (2002) was the first film he directed professionally.


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A Scent of Mint [2002]
Excerpt - 1:32

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A Scent of Mint [2002]



A Scent of Mint
2002, director: Pierre Sidaoui

Excerpt (1:32)

The filmmaker intercuts still photographs from his childhood of a rare snowy day in Lebanon with shots of Montreal in winter. He uses traditional Lebanese music to reinforce the idea that the two places are linked in his memory. The filmmaker narrates how snow was seen as magical in Lebanon and how now, like most Canadians, he can no longer stand it.

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