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Rebel (short film)

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Directed byPier-Philippe Chevigny
Produced byGeneviève Gosselin-G.
Written byPier-Philippe Chevigny
StarringÉdouard-B. Larocque
Émile Schneider
Sasha Migliarese
Jean-Nicolas Verreault
CinematographyGabriel Brault-Tardif
Edited byPier-Philippe Chevigny
Unité centrale
Distributed byH264 Distribution
Release date
  • September 7, 2019 (2019-09-07) (TIFF)
Running time
15 minutes

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Rebel (Recrue) is a Canadian short film, written and directed by Pier-Philippe Chevigny, starring Émile Schneider and Jean-Nicolas Verreault.

The film made its Canadian premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019.[1].


Alex, a six-year-old boy from Quebec, is oblivious to the thousands of refugees entering Canada illegally to avoid deportation. Yet when his father takes him along to a vigilante patrol in the woods to hunt out trespassing migrants, something inside him tells him to rebel.


  • Édouard B. Larocque as Alex
  • Émile Schneider as Dave
  • Jean-Nicholas Verreault as Mike
  • Sasha Migliarese as Sabrina
  • Irlande Côté as Marianne
  • Baharan BaniAhmadi as Baharan
  • Amir Sám Nakhjavani as Amir
  • Ines Feghouli Bozon as Ines


The film is inspired by the rise of right-wing extremism in Quebec following the migrant surge from 2017 to 2020, when thousands fled the US to avoid deportation and crossed the border “illegally” into the province[2]. Right-wing militia groups held demonstrations in cities and at the border[3][4][5][6].

The director was researching the topic when he saw an article on extremist groups with the image of a young boy holding a flag. He though: “that kid doesn’t understand what the politics are behind all of this, he is just following his parents. That would be an interesting starting point to tell a story.”[7][8][9]

Festivals & Accolades[edit]

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019[1]. It had its European premiere at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur on September 28, 2019[10]

  • Golden Owl Best for Best Short Film, Tirana International Film Festival 2020[11]
  • Golden Spike Award for Best Short Film, Social World Film Festival 2020[9]
  • SARTEC Award, Gala Prends ca court! 2020[12]
  • Audience Award, PRINDIE - Princeton Independent Film Festival 2020[13]
  • Audience Award, DC Shorts Film Festival 2020[14]
  • Golden Gaja for Best Live Action Film, kidzCINEMA 2020[15]
  • Director’s Choice for Best Cinematography for a Narrative Short, Rincon International Film Festival 2020[16]
  • Ines Feghouli - Best Actress in A Short Film 5-9 Years Ines Feghouli, Joey Awards 2020[17]
  • Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best editing, Roma Prisma Independent Film Awards 2020[18]
  • Best Film of the Month, European Cinematography Awards, October 2020[19]
  • Best Film of the Month, New York Cinematography Awards, October 2020[20]
  • Best Live Action Short, Canadian Cinematography Awards, October 2020[21]
  • Gold Prize for Narrative Featurette, Social Justice Film Festival 2020[22]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Six must-see Canadian shorts at TIFF19". Seventh Row. 2019-09-07. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  2. Sylvia, Thomson (November 8, 2017). "MPs prepare to head south to dissuade asylum seekers in U.S. from heading north once protected status expires". CBC NEWS. Retrieved November 24, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Police put buffer between duelling protests at Lacolle border crossing". montrealgazette. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  4. "Immigration protesters and counter-protesters rally near Lacolle border". Global News. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  5. "Border crossers to encounter duelling protests on Saturday". Montreal. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  6. Média, Bell. "WATCH: Clashing protests expected at the border this weekend". www.iheartradio.ca. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  7. Higgins, John (2020-11-23). "Interview Special: Pier-Philippe-Chevigny: 'Rebel'". Film and TV Now. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  8. "Pier-Philippe Chevigny | Canada: Talent tout court–Not Short on Talent". The New Current. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  9. 9.0 9.1 International, Radio Canada (2020-11-16). "Film shows right wing extremists' abuse of refugees". RCI | English. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  10. ""Recrue" un court-métrage à découvrir dans le cadre du Festival du Film francophone". Vivacité (in français). 2019-09-27. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  11. "AWARDS 18th edition TIFF". TIFF. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  12. "Airing Thursday, August 27 | CBC Canadian Reflections". CBC. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  13. "2020 WINNERS". Prindie. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  14. "DC Shorts International Film Festival 2020". dcshorts20.eventive.org. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  15. Desk, The News (2020-11-23). "KidzCINEMA2020 announces the winners of 'Golden Gaja Awards'". MediaBrief. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  16. "Rincon International Film Festival, PR (2020)". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  17. "2020 WINNERS". www.joeyawards.com. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  18. "Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards (2020)". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  19. "WINNERS – October 2020 | European Cinematography AWARDS". Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  20. admin. "OCTOBER 2020 WINNERS | New York Cinematography AWARDS". Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  21. "OCTOBER 2020 WINNERS". Canadian Cinematography Awards. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  22. Festival, Social Justice Film (2020-11-24). "Announcing the Social Justice Film Festival 2020 Award Winners". Social Justice Film Festival. Retrieved 2020-11-24.

External links[edit]

Category:2019 films Category:Canadian films

Category:Canadian short films Category:Canadian drama films

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