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Thursday, 23 February 2017 | 19:00

                                    Poster of Waseskun

OFF Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke, in collaboration with la Salle Le Tremplin.


Nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards 2017

Premiere in the Eastern Townships
In presence of the director, Steve Patry

While shooting his previous film, De prisons en prisons (nominated for a Jutra award for best feature documentary in 2015), Steve Patry discovered the Waseskun* Healing Center, an alternative detention centre run by Indigenous people for members of Indigenous communities.

In keeping with his filmmaking philosophy, Patry settled in at the centre for an extended period of time. Over the course of a year, he filmed three days a month on location, sharing the rhythms and regulations of daily life—for those incarcerated and determined to overcome their challenges as well as for the attentive staff. This approach allowed Patry to earn the confidence of the men, who freely and directly shared their thoughts with him.

This closeness to his subjects has resulted in a remarkable film, made in the true tradition of cinéma vérité. Each scene draws us into the unvarnished daily realities of life for these men, as they struggle—sometimes with themselves—to overcome their own suffering and history and find balance in their lives.

*Waseskun is a Cree word that can be translated as “just after a storm, when the dark clouds begin to part, the blue sky appears, and the first rays of sunlight shine through.”

The director Steve Patry will be present to answer questions at the end of the screening, a premiere in the Eastern Townships.This film, produced for the NFB by Nathalie Cloutier and Denis McCready, is nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards 2017 for Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary and Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary.

Another screening part of the OFF, Le viel indien, will be presented January 26th.


Regular 9 $ / Student 5 $

Salle Le Tremplin (97, Wellington Sud, Sherbrooke)
Reservations : 819 565-4141 ext 105


Steve Patry


Quebec - Canada






Feature Length Documentary


French and English
View the trailer