A new documentary by Joséphine Bacon and Sarah Fortin
NITASSINAN in production
Montreal, Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – Terre Innue and K-Films Amérique are thrilled to announce the start of production of the feature documentary Nitassinan directed by Joséphine Bacon andSarah Fortin (Nouveau-Québec), which will continue until the fall of 2022. Filmed across four seasons, the first images were shot last December.
More than an attachment to our territory, the Innu live a filial relationship with Nitassinan, our ancestral homeland. For so many generations, the land has nourished, cared for and raised us. It has inspired our language, our culture, our lifeway and our vision of the world. Throughout the seasons, our ancestors criss-crossed the territory on foot, by canoe or on snowshoes. They knew every river, lake, or stream; every mountain, hill or bog; every camp, trail and portage path. Nomadism forged our people, and the film will record this journey and our history – past, present and future. And while it will attest to our vitality and resilience it is also – and above all – a tribute and a message of respect for the Earth.
The film is produced by Elodie Pollet for Terre Innue, with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the Rogers Fund, the MELS Fund, the Film and Television Tax Credit program (Gestion SODEC), the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Conseil des Innus de Pessamit, ITUM (Conseil des Innus- Uashat mak Mani-utenam), the Tshakapesh Institute, Radio CKAU-FM, Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, Boîte Rouge VIF and the Shaputuan Museum. Nitassinan will be distributed in Canada by K-Films Amérique and will be released in 2023.
Research: Réginald Vollant, Carlos Ferrand | Screenplay: Carlos Ferrand, Joséphine Bacon, Émilie Porry | Direction: Joséphine Bacon, Sarah Fortin | Cinematography: Maxime Pilon-Lalande | Music: Collective of Innu musicians | Editing: Michel Giroux | Producer: Élodie Pollet | Executive Producers: Kim O’Bomsawin, Alexandre Bacon, Florent Vollant | Development Producer: Ian Boyd | Associate Producer: Éric Kanapé
ABOUT TERRE INNUE
Terre Innue is an Indigenous production company based in Wendake. Since being founded in 2010 by Ian Boyd and the late Réginald Vollant, Terre Innue has produced quality projects in documentary and fiction for all types of media and platforms. Its objectives are to promote and foster the development of an Indigenous media industry, in order to enhance the cultures and languages of the First Peoples, as well as to promote training for the next generation of Indigenous media professionals.
We would like to thank Caroline Rompré | pixelleX communications | for the press release and artist profile.