Making Kouchibouguac: Acadians, the Creation of a National Park, and the Politics of Documentary Film during the 1970s

Authors

  • Ronald Rudin Concordia University

Abstract

The documentary film Kouchibouguac, released by the Office national du film (ONF) in 1979, allowed Acadians – who had been removed from their lands to allow the creation of the national park of the same name – to tell their stories. This article explores the making of the film, with a particular focus upon the difficulties experienced by Acadians trying to find their voice within the Québécois-dominated ONF. It also reflects on the form of the film as well as the impact that it had within an Acadian population that was divided over the sporadically violent opposition to the park. Résumé Sorti en 1979, le film documentaire Kouchibouguac, de l’Office national du film (ONF), a permis aux Acadiens qui avaient été forcés de quitter leurs terres afin de permettre la création du parc national du même nom de raconter leur histoire. Cet article explore la production de ce film en portant une attention particulière aux difficultés que les Acadiens ont rencontrées en essayant de trouver leur voix à l’intérieur de l’ONF, dominé par des Québécois. Il examine aussi le film sur le plan de la forme ainsi que l’impact qu’il a eu parmi une population acadienne divisée par l’opposition parfois violente à la création du parc.

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Published

2010-06-06

How to Cite

Rudin, R. (2010). Making Kouchibouguac: Acadians, the Creation of a National Park, and the Politics of Documentary Film during the 1970s. Acadiensis, 39(2). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/Acadiensis/article/view/18418