60 min, documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2016
Directed byLachapelle, Nicolas & Lamoureux, Ariel St-Louis
Produced byBrousse
Short description

Children from a Cree community express and question their identity.

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Film details


Lights Above Water is a documentary created with the children of Waswanipi, a Cree community in Northern Quebec (James Bay Cree). Influences from various sources color the daily life of the community. Rejecting and taking ownership of the cultural elements, the children of Waswanipi build their own specific identity. Over a year, they guide us through their expression of this identity and they question the future of their own generation.



Script : Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux, Nicolas Lachapelle
Photography : Nicolas Lachapelle
Editing : Anne Gabrielle Lebrun Harpin
Sound Editing : Julien Schmidt
Music : Alex Raymond Lachapelle, Mourad Bennacer
Sound Recording : Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux

Production : Brousse


Financial Partners




Périphérie Centre Création Cinéama


Lachapelle, Nicolas

Teacher, journalist, activist and producer, since the strudent strike of 2012, Nicolas practices a documentary cinema that tackle to challenge the society. He is involved in various artistic and political projects like the organisation of cinema workshops with marginalized communities. Medias’ impact on society is one of his study field while he is programming the Festival du Film Ethnographique du Québec.




Lights Above Water (2016 / 60 min)

Lamoureux, Ariel St-Louis

Coming from a theatre background, she conceives documentary cinema as a collaborative process between artists, subjects and context. Thus, she is exploring an immersive and non-autoritarian cinematographic language. Reflections on identity, childhood and collectivity are the main topics of her artistic work. Therefore, her artistic practice includes also a fieldwork with communities.




Lights Above Water (2016 / 60 min)