Season 7
the festival Partners Press FAQ
Documentary Series Competition

Lac-Mégantic - this is not an accident

Watch trailer
The series presented by...
Lac-Mégantic - ceci n'est pas un accident
Canada - 2023
Philippe Falardeau

Season 1 - 4 x 44 minutes | World Premiere
In French, English with French & English subtitles
Episode 1

In the presence of director Philippe Falardeau.

On July 6th, 2013, a runaway train pierces through the night in Lac-Mégantic, filled with tons of oil. Down a hill, the cars derail in the city center, burning the heart of a whole community and taking the life of 47 innocent people. Filmmaker Philippe Falardeau reveals the impossibility of an accident.

Through moving testimonies, the director recounts the itinerary of a time bomb and shows how the citizens of Lac-Mégantic are not done with the aftermath.

Note from the artistic direction
Lac-Mégantic - this is not an accident, visually and narratively striking, revisits a train explosion incident in the middle of a Canadian city as a chronicle of a disaster foretold. From overwhelming testimonies to archive images, this documentary series questions our frantic race for profit and its inevitable derailment.


Technical Sheet

Credits: © André Samson, Archive de la Ville de Lac-Mégantic

Original Title
Lac-Mégantic - ceci n'est pas un accident

A series by
Philippe Falardeau, Nancy Guerin, Elric Robichon

Written by
Philippe Falardeau, Nancy Guerin

Directed by
Philippe Falardeau

Tobie Marier Robitaille, Nicolas Bolduc, Sara Mishara, Alexia Toman, André Turpin, Erik Ljung, Van Royko

Elric Robichon

Mathieu Charbonneau, Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux

Trio Orange

Trio Orange International