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L'abatis - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB521038
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Guy Glover
Directors:  Bernard Devlin, Raymond Garceau
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Ottawa), Office national du film du Canada (Ottawa)
Subject:  Agriculture, Canadian History, Documentary, Fiction
Language:  French
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1953
Running Time:  15:58

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This film shows the development of the Abitibi region of northern Québec, told in terms of the toil and sweat of the settlers who, in the 1930s, fled the depression-stricken St. Lawrence lowlands. With axe and saw, they carved homesteads out of the wilderness. Their hardships, hardly less than those encountered by the first Canadian pioneers, are recounted. How the forest gradually gave way to farm plots is shown. Twenty years later the village of St. Pierre is surrounded by agricultural lands, showing little trace of the labour they cost.

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