47 The Last Walk

The Last Walk (47)

11:15, Friday 03rd July, Theatre B


  • Director: Jean-Guillaume Caplain (CAN)
  • Year: 2006
  • Run time: 43'
  • Format: mini DV, NTSC, DVCAM

A giant hydro-electric dam is about to be built across the Eastmain River and more than 600 square kilometres of Cree land will be flooded as a result. This is the backdrop against which The Last Walk was produced. The film, the first of a trilogy, portrays a two-week winter walk undertaken at this pivotal moment by a group of Crees interested in connecting with their past, while pondering their future as a nation. Having witnessed the waning of the traditional way of life, and followed the debates that have preoccupied the Cree, we wanted The Last Walk to show, with respect, humility and simplicity, a few fragments of a changing world; one that is torn between age-old traditions and the demands of contemporary life.

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