Unearthing Montreal’s past in Hochelaga, terre des âmes
Hochelaga, terre des âmes, François Girard
Hochelaga, terre des âmes considers what lies both beneath and above the ground, approaching the past through a study of trees and the natural world as well as through an academic, archaeological dig. Girard celebrates both ways of looking, and, ultimately, like DidiHuberman, shows them to be two facets of the same process of unearthing the past. As Lionel Ruffel contends, a combination of the two is a very contemporary way of approaching the past. The film is also contemporary in another sense, as it actively participates in current discussions around reconciliation in Canada.
Epp, Marla. “Unearthing Montreal’s Past in Hochelaga, terre des âmes.” Green Humanities vol. 3, 2021, pp. 4-23.
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