94 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2011
Directed byCatherine Hébert
Produced byVirginie Dubois, Catherine Hébert (Coop Vidéo de Montréal)
LanguagesFrench, English, Bambara, Pulaar
Short descriptionAn engrossing road movie, given tremendous depth by its « journeys within the journey » – the fascinating detours taken as the road meanders and forks.
Film subjects Africa , Emigration & Migration
Regis du cinemas, general

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Press reviews

Carnets d’un grand détour est un film poétique, sensuel, flâneur. André Duchesne, La Presse Générosité et sensibilité imprègnent le film de bout en bout. Sami Gnaba, Revue Séquences Attentif, le cinéma est là pour saisir, au-delà des mots et de tout cliché misérabiliste, le sens d’une communauté humaine encore vivace […] Gérard Grugeau, 24 images

Film details


When Marc Roger, a public reader, sets himself the challenge of walking from Saint-Malo, France, to Bamako, Mali, along with a donkey laden with books to be read aloud, fi lmmaker Catherine Hébert (The Other Side of the Country) joins him in Morocco, her camera rolling. Every day, thousands of Africans trek northward, hoping to make a better life for themselves. Notes on a Road Less Taken chronicles a journey in the other direction, along the dusty roads and trails of Morocco, Senegal and Mali. As we follow the pair, the filmmaker’s stunning images and poetic narration create a deeply personal portrait of Africa and its people. Parallel stories emerge from the odyssey: Marc’s, Catherine’s and those of the people they meet on the road.



Script and Direction : Catherine Hébert
Direction of Photography : Catherine Hébert

Sound : Catherine Hébert

Editing : Annie Jean

Sound Design : Mélanie Gauthier

Music : Florencia Di Concilio

Mixing : Bruno Bélanger

Producer : Virginie Dubois, Catherine Hébert

Production : Coop Vidéo de Montréal


Financial Partners


Conseil des arts du Canada

Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec




Catherine Hébert

Catherine Hébert is a maker of political and social documentary films. She has often filmed in Sub-Saharan Africa, taking an interest in the effects of war and violence against women, as well as exploring the intricate fabric of everyday life. Her films, particularly The other side of the country (2008) and Notes on a road less taken (2011), have earned critical acclaim and selections to numerous festivals, where they have won several awards.



Ziva Postec, The Editor Behind The Film Shoah, 92 min, 2018



Festival vue sur mer 2012
Prix Humanisme Gaspé, Canada
RIDM 2011
Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature Montreal