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The Refugees of the Blue Planet

Hélène Choquette & Jean-Philippe Duval / Canada / 2006 / 53 ' / English


Myriam Poirier
Yoan Cart, Philippe Lavalette & François Vincelette
Olivier Léger
André Boisvert
Christian Vignal
Jean Mallet
Monique Simard, Marcel Simard, Yves Bisaillon & Luc Martin-Gousset
Les productions Virage inc.
Original idea: Hélène Choquette
Research: Hélène Choquette
Narration: Pascale Montpetit

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Hélène Choquette for best research Prix Gémeaux September 9 2007, Montréal - Canada
Best Canadian Long Form Film Award Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival November 1 to 5 2006, Toronto - Canada
Award from the Youth Jury - Category: Humanitarian CineEco - International Environmental film & Video Festival October 20 to 29 2006, Lisbon - Portugal

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Eco-refugees from the Maldives to Alberta are the subject of this moving documentary.


Each year, millions of people the world over are driven to forced displacement. From the Maldives to Brazil, and even closer to home, here in Canada, the disturbing accounts of people who have been uprooted are amazingly similar. The enormous pressure placed on rural populations as a result of the degradation of their life-supporting environment is driving them increasingly further from their way of life. The Refugees of the Blue Planet sheds light on the little-known plight of a category of individuals who are suffering the repercussions of this reality: environmental refugees. They are constantly growing in number and often have no legal status, even though their right to a clean and sustainable environment has been violated. In French with English subtitles.


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