Once the Dust Has Settled

Once the Dust Has Settled

Directed by Hervé Demers

Genre Documentary
Country Canada
Year 2020
Length 15 min
Formats DCP
Sound 5.1
Version Original French version, English subtitles


A Canadian town called Asbestos was once home to the largest mine of its kind in the world. Today, the open-pit mine around which the city is established only acts as a constant reminder of a not-so-distant industrial past. This film gives a voice to the current residents of Asbestos, delving into their thoughts on work, change and belonging.


taboos, mourning, work relationships, memory


Hervé Demers is a Canadian filmmaker and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in Art and Visual Culture. His award-winning short films were selected by over a hundred international competitions and festivals, including the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Retrospectives of his body of work were presented in Morocco, Ukraine and South Korea. He was a jury of numerous film festivals, including the Busan International Short Film Festival.




Hervé Demers (Hervé Demers Images)


Hervé Demers


Hong An Nguyen

EDITING Hervé Demers
Sound Mélanie Gauthier, David Ledoux


Hot Docs, Canada |2020| Official Competition