Normand Weizineau

Enthusiastic and with an irrepressible sense of humor, Normand Weizineau has a philosophical outlook on life. He is from Opitciwan, an Atikamekw community in northern Mauricie. The father of four children, he plays the harmonica and keeps his family laughing with his imitations of Ozzy Ozbourne and the iconic Québec comic figure Elvis Gratton.

I met Normand many years ago during an audition for another film; he had an undeniable talent for acting. At the time Normand was responsible for culling stray dogs because of the problem of over-population. It was a horrible job, and as a result Normand would go to the sweat lodge nearly every week to purify himself. I was fascinated by his cheerful outlook, despite everything. I wanted to make a documentary on him. The following summer I worked in Opitciwan with Wapikoni Mobile, and I pitched this idea to a young director, whom I accompanied while she made her film. I should mention that in Opitciwan the problem of over-population among the dogs has been solved thanks to community efforts and the sterilization clinics offered by the organization Chiots nordiques.

– Chloé Leriche

You can watch Helga Awashish’s short, Un travail difficile (A Difficult Job) here in French: