“Quebec women tell stories and condemn our cinema”: Geneviève Albert, filmmaker

seventh edition of Quebecers in Mexico Quebecers have brought a multitude of films which, among other properties, are mostly directed by women. The directors of this Canadian province stand out for their proposals to tell the stories of the different themes that their unit offers in different regions.

one of those filmmakers Geneviève Albert, who presented her most recent work at the Cineteca Nacional, naomi says yes (2022). It recounts the hard life of a 15-year-old girl who falls in love with a pimp after escaping from the center for minors where she was detained and exploiting her for prostitution in the context of the Canadian Grand Prix. is made.

We at Spoiler spoke with him to further his intentions to move into fiction. A reality that lives and relates to Quebec, like prostitution with minors and adolescents.

Quebecers in 2022. Interview with Geneviève Albert in

In Mexico and Latin America, it is women who tell great stories in cinema. With Quebec, we see that it is also happening in Quebec, that is to say, it is happening at the continental level. How has this progression been for you in Quebec?

For many years, the industry was dominated by men in all sectors. This was happening not just in one particular country, but all over the world. Well, and it continues to happen in some countries. Fortunately, we women dared to overcome this obstacle, but it was not easy.

In Quebec, this is largely explained by our interest in denouncing wrongs and attacks on our society. There are people who think our city is perfect, but it’s not. There are terrible situations that you have to show to show that something is wrong. For many of us, the imagination is the vehicle that allows us to do just that.

We know how to team up to fit in and support each other based on the stories we want to tell. Behind this there was creative, technical and administrative development and preparation to join the army. The women were trained as photographers, screenwriters, producers, sound engineers, animators, etc. New technologies have also favored us because the material is lighter, or more suitable for working with ease. But the most important thing is our desire to bring to the cinema the stories of the problems that concern us. Quebec women tell stories and denounce our cinema.

In addition to being a medium for creation and expression, is cinema an instrument of condemnation?

Sure! It is a complaint in itself when given this intention. There are currently a large number of directors doing this through documentary film, which is a viable genre to achieve this. In my case, as a Quebecer, and depending on the audience we had, fiction was the ideal medium to get my message across, or rather my concern about issues that I consider important to promote. A m.

These problems include child and youth prostitution. naomi says yes Why tell the reality of Quebec in your latest fiction film?

Because I find it awful! It turns out that there are people in Quebec who believe that this is not done, or who prefer to ignore it and do nothing. This cannot go unnoticed. On the contrary, it is necessary to say what is happening. I find it very serious that many girls are forced into prostitution and exploited. Even worse when it comes to minors.

We cannot and should not do such a normal thing. In Quebec, we have an audience that loves movies a lot. In this sense, young people are very close to the cinema and they worry me about what is happening in our environment, especially because they are exposed to victims or consumers of sex trafficking.

This is where you focus your attention. I’m talking about Quebec youth. Why make you think about it? I ask because in Mexico we criticize and underestimate young people, treating them as if they are an obstacle.

It’s not exclusive to Mexico. It is something global. But we rarely stop to see them, listen to them and think about their lives. My main concern comes from learning that many girls and young women are attached to brokers who take advantage of their emotional struggles because of family, existence or coexistence issues. Apart from this, there is also a lack of opportunities available to them in job search. On the other hand, it is worrying that the people who prostitute them and pay for their services are so young. For this to happen, we as a society are doing something wrong and so we need to take action. If we don’t act now, what will happen next? !

Thief naomi says yes You touch the Canadian Grand Prix, a sacred monster of motorsport fans. Why did you decide to show a reference to Formula 1? Not everyone dares.

Because things have to be told as they are. Each time the Grand Prix du Canada is held, the rate of child and adolescent prostitution in Quebec increases. It’s not just a sporting event. In the film, I wanted to show the figure of people who are clients, or who pay for sexual services, because they exist. If there is prostitution, it is because someone is paying to make it possible. And in the case of the big prizes, we are talking about the high percentage of consumers who pay to live with a minor against their will. It’s disgusting, it’s serious.

By bringing this into the film, I don’t mean that Formula 1 fans stop following the sport, but what I mean is that they are aware and aware that many other fans are taking advantage of the incident to commit a crime. which, I repeat, increases each time a Grand Prix is ​​played.

What is your reaction to this childhood film?

precisely naomi says yes He won the student prize at the Angoulme Festival. This is a very important prize for me because young French and English speakers have found me relevant. They worry and fear that the sexual consumption of young girls used for this purpose is on the increase. I believe that young people can be agents of change, but young people must be approached to encourage and support them, not watch them from afar, not at all in situations that endanger their dignity.

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