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Why are we doing this, again? Ice canoeing

It was just over 50 years ago, that the first women's ice canoe team decided to join their male counterparts to cross the icy waters of the St. Lawrence River during the Carnival of Quebec’s traditional ice canoe race. In the fall of 2018, six women decided to form their own team, which would become the first women's elite ice canoe team in Montreal. Their goal: to be at the level to race in the Quebec Ice Canoe Circuit.

Throughout the film, these women introduce us to their passion. The voices of the six teammates narrate the film. They expose us to the sport by explaining what they had to do throughout the season in order to be able to participate in the last race of the season: le Grand Défi chez Victor in Quebec City. Using the intimate view from their gopro, they reveal to us the underpinnings of the sport. We discover all the work that is done outside of the practices and races and how these moments add to the complexity. Finally, they lead us to the culmination of their adventure, the expert level, last race of the circuit.

The film tells how these women managed to work together to achieve their goal: to create the first elite women's ice canoe team in Montreal and find their place in the circuit. The last scene of the film, seen from the sky, reveals the deep motivation of what drove them in this challenge.

  • Marie Dumoulin
  • Marie Dumoulin
    Marie Dumoulin
  • Étienne Proulx
  • Marie Dumoulin
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pourquoi qu'on fait ça?
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    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
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    English, French
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Director Biography - Marie Dumoulin

Marie Dumoulin is from Quebec (Canada). In her professional life, she helps adults with an autism spectrum disorder and / or an intellectual disability to identify their professional aspirations and integrate into the job market. In her spare time, she likes to take up creative challenges. In 2018, she participated in the creation of the first women's elite ice canoe team in Montreal, of which she is still a member. Marie had no cinematographic experience, but had long wanted to make a documentary. The project finally emerged from the St. Lawrence River. "Why are we doing this, again?" is her first cinematic creation.

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