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Chien Blanc

White Dog

Black History Month

Co-Presented with Visions Ouest Productions’ 29th Rendez-vous French Film Festival and Tournée Québec Cinéma 

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“History does not belong to the past. History is the present. We carry our history with us, and to think otherwise is criminal.” James Baldwin

Co-presented with Visions Ouest Productions’ 29th Rendez-vous French Film Festival, Chien Blanc (White Dog) is a new adaptation of Romain Gary’s autobiographical novel, previously filmed by Samuel Fuller, starring Vancouver’s Kacey Rohl as actress Jean Seberg, and Denis Ménochet (The Beasts; French Dispatch; Inglorious Basterds) as her husband, Gary.

It is 1968. Racial tensions in the US are reaching a boiling point. French writer Romain Gary is living in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Jean Seberg, an activist who is increasingly drawn into the Black Panthers’ struggle. When Gary encounters a stray dog, a German Shepherd, he adopts it, and the pet immediately befriends their only son, Diego. He is affectionate with everyone. Everyone, except Black people. His previous owner has trained him as a “White Dog”, to attack Blacks. Despite Seberg’s protests, Gary refuses to put him down, instead entrusting him to a kennel and animal trainer Keys (KC Collins), to purge the beast of its racist training.

Barbeau-Lavalette’s film explores the challenges and dilemmas of allyship in confronting the scourge of deeply entrenched racism.

Measured and powerful. ****

Le Devoir


Feb 9: Q&A with special guest Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne as a part of La Tournée Québec Cinéma


Co-Presented by


Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette


Denis Ménochet, Kacey Rohl , K.C. Collins, Laurent Lemaire, Peter Bryant, Jhaleil Swaby, Chip Chuipka, Michaëna Benoit, Pascal Tshilambo, Melissa Toussaint

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In French and English with English subtitles

96 min

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Thursday February 09

8:20 pm
Guests/Q&As Subtitles
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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Executive Producer

Bruno Dubé


Nicole Robert


Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne


Jonathan Decoste


Richard Comeau

Original Music

Mathieu Charbonneau, Ralph Joseph « Waahli », Christophe Lamarche Ledoux, Maxime Veilleux

Production Design

Emmanuel Fréchette

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