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Richesse des autres

Year: 1973
Language: French
Format: 16mm Colour
Runtime: 94 min
Director: Maurice Bulbulian, Michel Gauthier
Producer: Jean-Marc Garand
Cinematographer: Pierre Letarte, Martin Duckworth
Editor: Maurice Bulbulian, Michel Gauthier
Sound: Richard Besse, Gilles Quintal, Jean-Pierre Joutel
Music: Marie Savard
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada

This direct-cinema social documentary establishes a parallel between two working-class situations: the miners of both Chile and Quebec, who worked for foreign-owned multinationals. One year after the nationalization of the Chilean mines under Salvador Allende, a group of Quebec miners visits Chile to observe the new conditions.

Richesse des autres is an important example of the tendency by several Quebec filmmakers in the seventies to move beyond the concept of “ethnic class” and explore ideas of social and economic class. A shortened version, Salvador Allende Gossens: A Testimony, was released in 1974.

By: Peter Morris

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