Chute Libre, 2006

2006, 48 minutes, French.

Cancer is a disaster at any stage in a person’s life, but when you’re 15 and just beginning to assert your independence, life-threatening cancer wrecks everything.  You lose your “gang” and maybe your hair; you become dependent again, coddled and protected like a little child.  That’s why the Tip of the Toes Foundation, in Quebec, Canada, takes teens with cancer on rugged wilderness expeditions, to let them meet peers in the same situation and turn their self-image from patients to explorers. That’s what happens on this canoe expedition down the George River in Arctic Quebec.  Rain, rapids, bugs, mountain peaks and a warm welcome into indigenous culture  transform the young trekkers.

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