Le Dernier Glacier

Institute History

  • 1987 Sundance Film Festival


The “quebecois” documentary has never been afraid to tamper with reality, having discarded notions of objectivity decades ago in its search to portray itself on film. Jacques Leduc and Roger Frappier’s film is a beautiful blend of fiction and documentary, structured around the shutdown of an entire town due to economic reasons.

Canada has always labored under the myth that our natural resources are boundless and that economic development goes hand-in-hand with beneficial social growth. Le Dernier Glacier questions this attitude with incisive perception. In 1982 the northern Quebec mining town of Shefferville has its fate sealed when Iron Ore of Canada closed its operations. As the company representative and future Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney, puts it, “If there’s no iron ore, there's no salaries.” Industrial enterprise created the town and industrial common sense destroys it.

— Piers Handling

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