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18 Ratings

The Mighty River

Le fleuve aux grandes eaux

Directed by Frédéric Back
Canada, 1993
Animation, Short, Documentary


This film illustrates the history of the St. Lawrence river. From prehistoric times on, it has been a magnificent source of life. The film covers the impact of humanity beginning with the careful relationship with the Native Americans.

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The Mighty River
Directed by Frédéric Back

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1994 | Nominee: Best Short Film, Animated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1993 | Winner: Best Animation

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  • Knut Morte's rating of the film The Mighty River

    Frédéric Back is an important artist, his works are beautiful and enlightening. "They have no more rights then the animals, they are brothers." That is the "Savages" ethic. The spectacular film blatantly shows that nature doesn't survive megalomania, self-importance or the wrongness of our souls and morals. Like the despoliation of the river, our cities are cesspools of the same ravaging.