Tales of Sand and Snow

Tales of Sand and Snow

Having recently immigrated to Montreal, Burkinabe director Hyacinthe Combary explores his roots in an effort to rediscover the spiritual values of his people. His quest leads him to the northern forests of Quebec and an enlightening encounter with the Atikamekw of Wemotaci. In filming this Aboriginal people, he creates a moving cinematic dialogue between the Gourmantche of Burkina Faso, who practise the divinatory art of geomancy, and the men of the taiga, who connect with the spirits through sweat lodges. In this journey between North and South, the filmmaker comes to the realization that his quest is universal. "It is the same question for all the peoples of the earth: With the globalization of culture, how can one keep from becoming dehumanized, from being cut off from one's deepest being?"

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Main credits

Combary, Hyacinthe (film director)
Combary, Hyacinthe (screenwriter)
Combary, Hyacinthe (researcher)
Combary, Hyacinthe (narrator)

Other credits

Director of photography, Michel Le Veaux; editing, José Heppell; music, La Troupe Boayaba.


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Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Legends and Literature, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Oral Culture, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Québec and Ontario, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Religion and Spirituality, Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism - African Origins, Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism - Arts, Culture and Traditions, Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism - Black Community, Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism - Customs and Traditions, Developing Countries - Africa, Religion, Beliefs and Ethics - Mythology, Religion, Beliefs and Ethics - Indigenous Spirituality, Social Issues - Quebec Society, Documentary

Keywords

Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Legends and Literature, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Oral Culture, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Québec and Ontario, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Religion and Spirituality, Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism - African Origins, Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism - Arts, Culture and Traditions, Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism - Black Community, Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism - Customs and Traditions, Developing Countries - Africa, Religion, Beliefs and Ethics - Mythology, Religion, Beliefs and Ethics - Indigenous Spirituality, Social Issues - Quebec Society, Documentary; "Tales of Sand and Snow"; National Film Board of Canada