“How People Move” – Coming-of-age in North Shore New Brunswick
University of New Brunswick
Acadian people and the North Shore region of New Brunswick, where a large majority of the French-speaking population of New Brunswick live, have long existed in the margins socially, politically, economically, and geographically. As a bilingual region, northern New Brunswick and its mixed culture are not widely depicted in media outside of tourism, and little of the daily goings-on of the region’s peoples or of their continued traumas from early acts of colonialism against the Acadian and Mi’kmaq are discussed in modern film narratives. By tracing the history of colonialism in the Maritimes to modern-day North Shore New Brunswick through research, Acadian cinema, and my own experiences growing up in Bathurst, and using screenwriting and the tools of Slow Cinema, I endeavor to portray what it means to come of age in the North Shore today.