Documentary series

Somewhere on Earth

40 x 52' and 40 x 26'
Since 2009
France 5

Season 6


Producer - Dominique PIPAT
Director - Laurent CADORET
Photography - Pol GACHON
Editor - Mathieu BRETAUD
Journalist - Anne VIRY-BABEL
Production Assistant - Candy CHEVALIER
Production Coordinator - Framboise ROYER-JACQUIER
Sound Mixing - Christophe ROBERT
Narrator - Jerry DI GIACOMO
Graphics - Seed Factory / Alexis MARTINEZ
Original Music - Frank WILLIAMS / Benoît DANIEL / Olivier BODIN
Time runs on, interpreted by Valentine CARETTE
Post Production - Transatlantic Vidéo / Françoise DUBUISSON

Summary :

Quebec, La Belle Province, the Beautiful Province. History has left this region of North America a legacy: the French language. This is a land of far-off rivers and vast forests... In Quebec the immense expanses invite men and women to plunge into this wild realm, which is open to all. But one doesn’t become a woodsman or trapper overnight.

Audrey Beauchemin succumbed to the call of the wild. It fascinates her and she wants to preserve it. In Montreal, she studied art and business, then she decided to settle in Minganie. The last frontier for all the Quebecois, it’s the most sparsely populated region on the northern coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The silence of this vast inaccessible territory is broken only by the hum of these old seaplanes. The interior of Minganie was unexplored for a long time. Audrey chose to live here to satisfy her thirst for adventure.

Michel Béland is a trapper, a giant of a man who talks to trees and understands the language of the wild animals. The beaver trapping season has just opened. An age-old quest begins in the heart of the forests of Mauricie. Trapping is a way for Michel to reconnect with the ways of his ancestors and his childhood, which he spent with the Atikamekw Indians. Back in the pioneering days of New France, trappers were known as “White Indians” and traded in furs. Following in their footsteps is Michel’s way of paying homage to those woodsmen of the Far North.

In the Carabinier family, we have Alain, a Swiss who emigrated to Canada 30 years ago and his son Antoine. They are just two of the members of a surprising family tribe: the Cirque Alfonse. The Cirque Alfonse is the brainchild of Antoine Carabinier. “Timber”, their latest show, is inspired by the legends and lore of the lumberjacks and logging camps. “Timber” resonates through all the forests of Quebec. “Timber”, the cry of the lumberjack just as the tree is falling. The Cirque Alfonse was born in one of these cabins during the dead of winter.