This theme comprises film excerpts that give a voice to Aboriginal youth – young people who dream of leaving, confronted by the disappearance of traditional values and the difficulty of living in a world made by non-Aboriginals, and who are, sometimes, condemned to a tragic fate.


No Address

No Address 1

Tales of Sand and Snow

Tales of Sand and Snow 2

Tales of Sand and Snow

2004, Director: Combary, Hyacinthe

excerpt 2      2 min 57 s


Description Paul-Yves Weizineau, an Attikamekw from Wemotaci, Quebec, talks about youth alienation as symptomatic of a malaise of society, particularly among parents. He demonstrates and describes a program undertaken with Aboriginal youth and adults to help them cope in the modern world.
Questions 1. Paul-Yves Weizineau, an Atikamekw man, teaches a program to the youth of his community that helps them attain balance in their lives. What are the four main themes of the program? How does the program reach its goals?

2. Hyacinthe Combary, a man from Burkina Faso, raises an important question in the film about what his life would have been like if he had stayed in his home village. Why does he raise this question? What need does he fulfill through his association with the Atikamekw community?

About This Film


Having recently immigrated to Montreal, Burkinabe director Hyacinthe Combary explores his roots in an effort to rediscover the spiritual values of his people. His quest leads him to the northern forests of Quebec and an enlightening encounter with the Atikamekw of Wemotaci. In filming this Aboriginal people, he creates a moving cinematic dialogue between the Gourmantche of Burkina Faso, who practise the divinatory art of geomancy, and the men of the taiga, who connect with the spirits through sweat lodges.

In this journey between North and South, the filmmaker comes to the realization that his quest is universal. "It is the same question for all the peoples of the earth: With the globalization of culture, how can one keep from becoming dehumanized, from being cut off from one's deepest being?"

Writing: Hyacinthe Combary
Director: Hyacinthe Combary
Producer: Yves Bisaillon
Cast or Participant: Charles Coocoo
Cast or Participant: Bapougni Coulidiaty
Cast or Participant: Maldjoa Combary
Cast or Participant: Richard Coocoo
Cast or Participant: Mary Coon
Cast or Participant: Paul-Yves Weizineau
Cast or Participant: David Boivin
Cast or Participant: Djouali Coulidiaty
Cast or Participant: Souleymane Coulidiaty
Cast or Participant: Linda Dubé
Cast or Participant: Catherine Hiess
Cast or Participant: Sonia Monsalve
Cast or Participant: Limani Ouali
Cast or Participant: Djergou Ouoba
Cast or Participant: Augustine Rasquin
Cast or Participant: Christopher Schools
Cast or Participant: José Tolo
Cast or Participant: Wolf Alfred Zimmerli
Consultant: Hyacinthe Combary
Photography: Michel La Veaux
Sound: Jean-Denis Daoust
Sound: Richard Lavoie
Editing: José Heppell
Sound: Olivier Calvert
Music: La Troupe Boayaba
Sound: Issa Nabi Traore
Voice and Narration: Hyacinthe Combary
Consultant: Nick Huard
Sound: Lise Wedlock
Sound: Serge Boivin
Producer: Yves Bisaillon

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