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

Minoru: Memory of Exile [1992]
Excerpt - 3:07

A Sleeping Tree Dreams of Its Roots [1992]
Excerpt - 3:12

A Scent of Mint [2002]



Minoru: Memory of Exile
1992, director: Michael Fukushima

Excerpt (3:07)

In this excerpt, filmmakerMichael Fukushima tells the story of his father’s deportation from Canada to Japan by the Canadian government at the end of World War II. Archival pictures and personal documents (such as his father’s birth certificate), in combination with animated sequences, illustrate the story. The story is narrated by the filmmaker and his father and emphasizes the personal nature of the film.

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