Isabelle Racicot has been so shaken by the assassination of George Floyd, in may, that she has decided to address the issue of racism in a documentary. “If I do that, it is because I would like my son are not obliged, within 20 years, walking in the street to say that their life account. “
The one-hour film, which still has no title, will be broadcast on Radio-Canada in November. Produced by Trinome & girls (Facing the street, But why ?) and directed by Christian Lalumière (Karaoke, music box), it will explore the origins of racism in the country and propose solutions to ensure to be on the good side of the story.
In interview to the Newspaper, Isabelle Racicot says she mijotait such a project for a long time. But it was seeing the extent of the protests in reaction to the murder of Floyd, this African-American killed during his arrest at Minneapolis, that she felt that it was time to act.
“During this period, my husband and I have had several conversations with our boys. And this time, to 14 years and 17 years of age, they had questions that we didn’t have all the answers. It is for this reason that I decided to go forward : to go to seek these answers. For them and for me. “
A turning point
Radio-Canada has quickly given the green light to the project. Filming began in July. They will be pulled up in September. A diverse team of people, both in front and behind the camera, participates in the adventure, points out Isabelle Racicot.
The fight against racism hit the headlines several times in recent decades, but 2020 will be a turning point, believes the facilitator.
“This time there was something different. There is a solidarity extraordinary. The movement Black Lives Matter has never been stronger. Everyone walking together. “
“I really think it is the beginning of something… or the end of something. This is what I sense around me. “
“I would have regretted it “
The issue of racism at the heart of two other projects carried out by the facilitator this summer : a round-table discussion, which will be published in the September issue of the magazine Elle Quebec, and six special episodes of a Seat at the Table, the podcast that it driver with Martine St-Victor, on CBC. The duo will chat in particular with Sandy Hudson, the founder of Black Lives Matter in Canada.
“I wanted to discuss, listen, give my opinion,” says Isabelle Racicot. I have the chance to be a part of the show-business in québec for 20 years. I couldn’t stand sitting home with nothing to do. I would have regretted it. “
HERE TV will broadcast the documentary by Isabelle Racicot on 23 November to 21 h.