Founding Moments

Does it feel different to be a teenager from the new world or from the old world when you raft down a rapid for the first time and share fishes, pancakes and Belgian chocolate around a campfire?

Leo and Sinbad are cousins. They barely know each other. One lives in the United States and the other in Belgium. During a packraft trip in the pristine Quebec wilderness, they get to know each other.

Together with Cyril and Dom, their mentor, they packraft down three rivers between Ontario and Quebec: the Coulonge River, the Black River and the Petawawa River.

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  • Dominique Snyers
  • Sindbad Léonard
    Key Cast
  • Léo Kuyl
    Key Cast
  • Cyril Monette
    Key Cast
  • Dom Snyers
    Key Cast
    "The guide and mentor"
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    Sport, Travel, Packraft
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 21, 2019
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Director Biography - Dominique Snyers

A former university professor and founder of various digital start-ups, Dominique also founded the association Cap Expé, a community of adventurers formed to encourage them to live out their boldest dreams and especially to strike out independently. He has been supporting a number of young people in their discovery of all kinds of wide-open spaces, both horizontal and vertical.

More recently, he began directing films about such adventures in yet another extension of his passion for sharing. His first three films, The Nahanni Whisperer, Altaitude and Loic and the flolopapys,, have received several awards and have been screened at numerous international adventure film festivals.

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Director Statement

In this short movie, I wanted to share the excitement of seeing teenagers from different horizons discovering a little bit of their true self in immersing themselves in the vastness of the great Canadian wilderness, sharing a few fishes around a campfire.