Segments in this Video

St-Henri, Montreal (07:11)


Children make their way to school. Doris looks through recycling bins. A radio disc jockey commemorates events that happened on Aug. 26th. Mr. Lee sells snacks and beer to customers.

Shifting Demographics (04:28)

Robert drives through a St-Henri neighborhood, noting that condos have replaced rundown alley apartments. Doris walks to a friend’s house; they struggle financially. On one block, an alleyway divides the wealthy and the poor.

Green Spot (06:04)

A dad informs his sons that he may start a new job that requires him to work nights. The boys go outside to dig for worms. Robert goes to his favorite diner. A 90-year-old regular, Edmée, feeds birds.

Atwater Market (06:48)

Belinda recalls the mild culture shock she experienced after moving to Quebec from Europe. Doris asks about an old friend and chats with a man on a mobility scooter. Robert picks up Edmée, and they encounter performance artists.

Local Activities (04:57)

The father and his sons go to a park in search of more worms. Robert and Edmée stroll along Lachine Canal. Locals tend a community garden.

Weather and Change (07:30)

Robert, Edmée, and a group of workers go indoors as a storm approaches. A worker rants about upcoming construction on the Turcot Interchange and surrounding neighborhood. A mother and daughter enjoy a relaxing salon visit.

Outdoor Activities (04:17)

Father and sons go to the canal to catch fish. To her mother's dismay, Lydia plays in a puddle. Three roommates discuss actress Julia Jones, indigenous culture, and politics.

Blue-Collar Workers (05:12)

An interview with author Gabrielle Roy airs on the radio. A delivery man describes his schedule. Tattoo artists, butchers, pet groomers, and others are hard at work. Mr. Lee recalls a regular customer.

After School (05:24)

A teenage boxer trains for an upcoming bout. Francois reflects on his first day of school. Belinda's daughter visits the hair salon. Her mom recalls a racial incident at school.

Urban Decay (05:47)

Doris critiques vulgar graffiti. She regrets that young people in the neighborhood are not going to church. Two boys reveal evidence of heroin use where they had built a fort. Other kids recall a residence being burned down.

Social Experiences (06:35)

Doris dreams of being a millionaire; she recalls her time in prison. A man swims in the canal. The father and sons catch fish. Roommates complain about harassment and shopping experiences.

Night Activities (05:38)

The boxer continues training. Urban explorers scale walls and search an abandoned warehouse. A graffiti artist works on a mural. A father and son fish from an inflated raft.

Street Art (05:12)

Roommates purchase beer at the corner store. The graffiti artist fixes old stickers and posters, and affixes new ones. Members of an electric cycling club discuss their hobby.

St-Henri Underground (07:54)

Danielle packs a manhole opener, galoshes, and other tools before descending into Montreal's sewers. Punk rockers perform a show and a knife thrower practices with her partner. The roommates enjoy a night on the town.

Credits: St-Henri, the 26th of August (01:38)

Credits: St-Henri, the 26th of August

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On Aug. 26, 2010, 14 filmmakers recorded multiple stories in the Montreal neighborhood of Saint-Henri. The resulting film is a touching, funny, and fascinating day-in-the-life of an eclectic community. Doris roams the streets collecting bottles. Belinda is a vibrant hair stylist from Togo. Babyface, the 14-year-old Canadian featherweight boxing champion, prepares for a match. Robert and Edmée enjoy their golden years together; and urban explorer Danielle scales abandoned buildings and descends into Saint-Henri's sewers. These are just a few of the characters we follow in St-Henri, the 26th of August, a film that explores what community means to us today, and how we inhabit our neighborhoods. Inspired by the 1962 NFB film À Saint-Henri le cinq septembre, this unique collaborative project brings together some of the brightest talents in Montreal’s contemporary documentary scene to capture these compelling stories.

Length: 86 minutes

Item#: BVL190490

Copyright date: ©2011

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