The Disappeared | Dieppe International Festival, France
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Dieppe International Festival, France

02 Oct Dieppe International Festival, France

J’adore Dieppe. J’adore Paris. Merci to the festival for giving me such a gift.

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One week of art, beauty, cultureand films-c’est magnifique. I was overwhelmed by the embrace of our film by audiences who dubbed it “la film de couer.” Audiences were so emotionally connected in this “village of the sea.”  I had the great honour to be taken to La Chapelle Notre Dame de Bonsecours, to pay my respects to their disappeared, whose innumerable names are on the walls of this church. The title of the film came from such a memorial. It was an emotional and privileged experience. Dieppe held many such moments, so many stories shared. Having walked the Dieppe beach, locals arranged for a private night tour with a historian and archivist to visit the graves of the WWII Canadian soldiers.  To hear the stories of the soldiers and the people of Dieppe who lived through it, was profoundly moving as I moved through the dark amongst the 1200+ white markers. I will carry you in my heart Dieppe. And to remind me of this extraordinary experience, I am bringing home the great honour of mise en scene realisitrice award for direction. I am humbled and so grateful that you saw the art and heart of our film.

 

Shandi Mitchell

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