A Bridge Between Two Worlds
Dir. Pascal Gélinas Canada/Indonesia 2016
A Bridge Between Two Worlds relates how Muslim and Catholic farmers, on the Island of Flores, Indonesia, overcome poverty and enhance their environment with the support of North American and European families. This astonishing chain of solidarity was initiated by Gilles Raymond, a Canadian volunteer from Québec who has forged deep bonds in Flores over the past 15 years. This is the beginning of a worldwide family, which distance cannot affect, a story that is punctuated by hard work, childrens smiles and ancestor worship. This engaging adventure builds a living bridge between our two hemispheres, at a time when foreign aid is too often being questioned.
About the Director: Pascal was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1946. In 1973, he directed his first feature film, Montréal Blues. In 1983, he co-directed a feature-length documentary on the Great Depression called La Turlutte des Années Dures (The Ballad of Hard Times), which won the Critics Award in Quebec, as well as the Sesterce dargent and the Prix Oecuménique at the International Film Festival of Nyon, Switzerland. Between 1984 and 2009, for Société Radio-Canada series, Pascal has directed more than 350 science reports for the layman. In 2006, Pascal has been shooting in Indonesia, editing and procucing a documentary called Le porteur deau (The Water Bearer). This film has been selected in some thirty festivals in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. It won 5 prices in Canada, France, Tunisia and Australia. The film was shown on canadian television, but also on ARTE, NHK, and TV5 Monde. In 2009, Pascal wrote and directed a documentary on his father, the famous playwriter and actor Gratien Gélinas. Titled Gratien Gélinas, un géant aux pieds dargile (Gratien Gélinas, a giant with feet of clay), the film was shown on Canadian television and won the Gemini for the best documentary scenario. In 2013 he wrote and directed Huguette Oligny, le gout de vivre (Huguette Oligny, a taste for living). Along with the prize of the best biography at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) the film was shown on Canadian television and won the Gemini for the best biography. In 2016 Pascal shot and directed the documentary Un pont entre deux mondes (A bridge between two worlds). This film was selected in 50 festivals in Armenia, Australia (2), Brazil, Canada (5), Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Spain (3) , USA (9), France (8), Cayman Islands, India (4), Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Philippines (2), Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. Up to now the film was awarded 15 times.
Amsterdam 1072 GN