One island, many histories.
This film, directed by Leo Aristimuno, documents how three communities commemorate 400th anniversary of the first French settlement in North America on St. Croix Island.
Acadians saw the commemoration as a way to validate their culture in the context of Atlantic Canada through 400 years of Francophone culture. Anglophones used the event to promote the island as a tourist destination that they hoped would revive their local economy. The Passamaquoddy First Nation, forgotten and driven from their ancestral lands around the island, used this event to demand official government recognition and native rights.
The documentary was completed in May 2005, and has since been presented at numerous academic conferences and festivals.
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