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A License to Remember: Je me souviens ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB524400
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Adam Symansky, Sally Bochner
Directors:  Thierry Le Brun
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Diversity, Documentary, First Nations Studies, French, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2002
Running Time:  51m 02s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Quebec license plates don't sport cutesy tourist slogans like 'Canada's Ocean Playground' or 'Land of Living Skies.' Instead, they draw attention to the past with 'Je me souviens' ('I remember')--a motto that cuts to the heart of Quebec history and society.



To find out just what 'Je me souviens' means to Quebecers, director Thierry Le Brun sets off across the province, license plate in hand. He rides a dog sled, goes ice fishing, visits an emu farm, joins the Carifiesta celebrations and even gets pulled over by the cops. In the process, he meets a cast of characters--both famous and unknown--with wildly differing views on the provincial motto.



Over the course of this illuminating, entertaining and funny documentary, 'Je me souviens' becomes a Rorschach ink blot into which Quebecers peer, each bringing their own interpretation. In the process, they can also see each other in a new way, and come to understand the concerns of the many communities that make up their land.



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