Lida Moser (1920-2014) the hero of this animated documentary, was a New York photographer who travelled throughout Quebec during the summer of 1950, on assignment to Vogue and Look Magazines.

Filmmaker Joyce Borenstein recorded Moser remembering her journey sixty years later. Moser took over one thousand photos of a society and place that was on the cusp of modernization. As Moser recounts her road trip, we relive Quebec 1950 through her exquisite black and white photos. Her stories are enriched by archival sound recorded by the Quebec ethnologist Luc Lacourcière who accompanied Moser on the journey. Paul Gouin, Cultural Advisor to the Premier of Quebec, drove Moser and Lacourcière throughout the journey and acted as a guide for Moser into Quebec's culture.

Moser had a simple yet powerful artistic vision, 'to capture beauty on film' and she pursued this goal throughout her career, ignoring the artistic fashions of the day. Moreover, with the Quebec photo series, Moser froze a period in time for future generations to remember. 

Lida Moser’s artistic vision inspired Borenstein to create this auteur documentary which interweaves animation and time lapse shooting with the photos.

Lida Moser Photographer  Odyssey in Black and White

Director, animator, camera, editor
Joyce Borenstein

Produced by
Illumination Animation Inc.

Richard Elson and Joyce Borenstein

Music Composer and Arranger
Jean-Olivier Bégin

Music Composer
Sergei Rachmaninov
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19

Harmonica and podorhythm: Alain Lamontagne
Improvisations on Québec folk music

Denis Brott

Glen Montgomery

Sound Designer
Simon Gervais

National Film Board of Canada

Photos by Lida Moser
property of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Funded by
Conseil des arts du Canada
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
l’ACIC Office national du film du Canada

copyright © 2017
Illumination Animation Inc.