Mohammed Shofi is a Rohingya born in the village of Buthidong in Arakan State in Myanmar (formerly Burma). In 1990, he fled his country of birth because of violence by Burman nationalists against the Rohingya Muslim minority. He lived for 18 years in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh before being accepted as a refugee in Canada in November 2008. He settled in Québec City with members of his family. Very actively involved in the community, he quickly learned French. In addition to contributing significantly to the translation of the feature-length documentary Wandering, a Rohingya Story, he became the film’s narrator. Mohammed Shofi also shares his life story at the very end of the exhibition Wandering, a Rohingya Story, which was created at the Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBAQ).
Fixer - Poet - Translator - Soundman
Kala Miya is a Rohingya born in the village of Long Doon Foki Daung Nga Kuu Ya in the province of Maung Ya in Arakan State in western Myanmar (formerly Burma). In 2012, he fled his country of birth because of violence toward the Rohingya community and sought refuge in India. He has lived in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh since 2018. He has worked as an English teacher in the camp and as a translator and fixer for journalists and non-governmental organizations. He was a key collaborator during the filming of the documentary Wandering, a Rohingya Story, acting as a translator and directing interviews on site. His poetry, written in the world’s biggest refugee camp, became the narrative thread of the film. His poems are also part of the multidisciplinary exhibition Wandering, a Rohingya Story on display at the Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBAQ).
Directors - Producers
Director of Photography - Editor
Olivier Higgins and Mélanie Carrier are film directors and producers from Quebec, Canada. Biologists by training, it is by documenting their numerous adventures around the world that they discovered video. Awarded many times and widely distributed internationally, their work is devoted to documentary films and is focused on issues related to identity, social fabric, territory and social justice. Their first film “Asiemut” tells the story of their 8000 km bicycle journey in Asia and won 36 awards, in addition to being distributed in 40 countries. Then, with “Encounters” and “Québékoisie”, they question the complex relationship between Quebecers and First Nations people. These films received many honours worldwide. Québékoisie is also translated into twenty languages. After giving more than 400 film conferences in Quebec, Europe and the United States, the couple is dedicated to the creation of Wandering, a Rohingya Story, their latest documentary about the Rohingya refugee crisis. They also designed and produced the multidisciplinary exhibition Wandering, a Rohingya Story on display at the Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBAQ).
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Director of Photography
Assitant Director - Research
Renaud Philippe is an award-winning documentary photographer who has mainly focused for the past 15 years on the long-term impact of armed conflicts on civilian populations. He concentrates principally on South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh) and East Africa (South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya), always independently, often in times of crisis. He collaborates regularly with the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and Le Devoir. The Guardian, National Geographic, The Atlantic, MacLean’s, Le Monde diplomatique, Canadian Geographic, Le Figaro and Days Japan are among the publications that have featured his work. His committed photographic series have received several awards, including the National Newspaper Award, the Picture of the Year International, the Flash Forward Award of the Magenta Foundation and the National Magazine Award. In February 2018, Renaud visited the Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh for the first time to make a photo report. His work and his research has inspire the filming of Wandering, a Rohingya Story. He will return to Kutupalong in October 2018 alongside Olivier Higgins, with whom he will sign the photography of this feature documentary. His photos are also at the heart of the multidisciplinary exhibition Wandering, a Rohingya Story. For more information: renaudphilippe.com
Amélie Labrèche is an editor based in Montreal. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in film production from Concordia University in 2007, she became more interested in the art of editing by signing various short films and music videos, while working as an assistant editor on many films, including those of Xavier Dolan. Since 2015, she has edited 7 feature films, including Nadia, Butterfly by Pascal Plante, selected at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, and various documentaries, series, short films, music videos, etc. A film buff, she wishes to contribute to profound and innovative works thanks to the narrative and emotional power of editing.
Jérôme Cloutier is a Canadian colorist with a well-established reputation. He started his career as a Flame graphic designer before moving on to color grading in an advertising agency in Montreal. Since then he has worked at MELS studio on numerous feature films and television series. He signed his first feature length as a colorist with Whitewash, a film photographed by André Turpin and directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais in 2012. He then met Xavier Dolan, considered one of the most talented filmmakers of the 21st century, and worked with him on the colorization of his last four films including Mommy, Juste la fin du monde and more recently Matthias and Maxime, in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2019.
Pierre-Jules Audet has been working as a sound designer, re-recording mixer and sound supervisor for over 30 years. His experience and his pursuit of excellence have led him to become Head of Mel’s Studio's sound department in Montreal. He is recognized for his work by the industry and has received multiple Awards for his work on films such as Jesse Owens’ portrait RACE (2016), Denis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL (2016), and Philippe Lacote’s NIGHT OF THE KINGS (2020).
A musician by training, Luc Boudrias has worked as a film mixer since 1988 in Montreal. He has mixed a few hundred film and television productions, among which several were awarded the Génies, Geminis, Gémeaux, Jutra and Iris awards in the “Best sound” category: CRAZY, Maurice Richard, Paul à Québec, La Bolduc, and La Passion by Augustine. More recently, he mixed the films Mafia Inc, Jeune Juliette, La femme de mon Frère, Mon Cirque à Moi, and the documentary Wandering, a Rohingya Story. Coming soon, Souterrain by Sophie Dupuis and Le Guide de la Famille Parfaite by Ricardo Trogi.