French (Available subtitled in English)
Year of Production: 2018
Duration: 52 minutes
Preparing for an exhibition on the Citadelle de Québec, photographer Eric Côté takes us on a journey of discovery into a fortress unknown to most Quebecers. Côté explores its many attractions, including reconstructions of battles with key players, guided tours on the evolution of the site under the French and British regimes before coming under Canadian control, and the summer Changing of the Red Guard ceremonies that attract tourists from around the world every year.
He meets with historians to relive the construction of the current Citadelle in the nineteenth century, the Quebec Conferences during the Second World War, and the contributions of important figures such as Lord Dufferin and Georges Vanier to the site.
Above all, there’s the daily life of the fortress that’s such a delight to the photographer: everything from soldiers preparing for Changing of the Guard ceremonies, children mesmerized by the parade, and the skilled craftsmen creating hats and costumes, to the sergeant major bathing Batisse the goat, the regiment’s mascot. So many snapshots that reveal the beauty of the site, the caring of those working there, and the joie de vivre of the surroundings.