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  Last updated September 13, 2019 at 3:20 pm

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Winner of SCINEMA 2019 Best Film.


After a 2011 hunting accident, this Quebec man thought he’d live forever with half a face. Then a confident young surgeon made an extraordinary offer.


Face of Stranger takes us on a medical journey of epic proportions – where the odds of success are less than ideal. That didn’t bother the prospective patient, 65-year-old Maurice Desjardins, who desperately needed a facial transplant operation.


(French with English subtitles)




Teach This: The Face of a Stranger Education Resource




Directed by Geneviève Turcotte, produced by Découverte, Radio-Canada and written by Danny Lemieux.


Jury comment: Story telling at its best with layers of brilliant cinematography, amazing human connections; emotionally charged and totally engaging.


Founded in 2000, SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the Southern Hemisphere celebrating the power of moving image to explain the wonders of science.


It combines SCINEMA International Science Film Festival and SCINEMA Community Program.


The Festival premieres across Australia in June each year and showcases the best science film from around the world.


SCINEMA Community Program takes place in Australia during National Science Week in August.


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