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Some people call it an engineering triumph. The Cree and Inuit refer to it as cultural genocide. This provocative documentary exposes the controversy surrounding the James Bay hydroelectric project in Northern Quebec. Phase I of this mega-dam project caused massive wildlife and environmental damage. Phase II was stopped due to pressure from aboriginal groups. What is James Bay really about? Hydroelectric power or territory? Fuelled by the media, the struggle assumes epic proportions. Is reconciliation possible in this great northern saga?

Director: Diane Beaudry
Producer: Éric Michel
Producer: Jacques Vallée
Producer: Hillie Molenaar
Writing: Georges-Hébert Germain
Writing: Pierre Turgeon
Photography: Martin Leclerc
Sound: Flip Van Den Dungen
Sound: Serge Beauchemin
Editing: France Pilon
Sound: Myriam Poirier
Sound: Jean-Pierre Joutel
Sound: Serge Boivin
Music: Claude Milot
Cast or Participant: Georges-Hébert Germain
Cast or Participant: Pierre Turgeon
Cast or Participant: Matthew Coon Come
Cast or Participant: Daniel Granger
Cast or Participant: Matthew Mukash
Cast or Participant: Robert Bourassa
Cast or Participant: Guy Joron
Cast or Participant: Gaëtan Hayeur
Cast or Participant: Marc Chénié
Cast or Participant: Serge Dubé
Cast or Participant: Claude Otter
Cast or Participant: Eli Weetaluktuk
Cast or Participant: Robert, Jr Kennedy
Cast or Participant: Louis-Gilles Francoeur

Riding the Great Whale

1994, Beaudry, Diane

95 min 1 s

 

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