“The world upside down”: Sophie Lorain defends the series “Megantic”
Sophie Lorain, who produces the series-event Mégantic, defended the work which will appear in less than a week, calling it essential testimony to understanding this tragedy, in addition to doing useful work.
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Available on Club illico from February 9, the arrival of the series has aroused the reluctance of some, in particular the CIUSS de l'Estrie, fearing the resurgence of several traumas linked to the train derailment that cost the lives of 47 people in 2013. .
While on the set of the show Le monde à l'envers, Friday evening, the actress and director indicated that the series had been written and produced in the respect and listening to the survivors of the tragedy, throughout the creative process.
“Suffering is universal. It's important to be able to show it, to be able to see it,” she said, adding that the series team had tried to be responsible towards the citizens of Mégantic who experienced the events up close. .
“We can never live up to it. We have to make peace with that, ”she told the host at the end of the program.
“We will never be as good as we want to be. We will never translate the truth as we would have liked to translate it, but it is important that there is something that remains, that there is a memory, an empathy that can be conveyed to the people of Quebec, “said she underlined.
Sophie Prégent on the culture of cancellation
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The actress Sophie Prégent also paid a visit on Friday evening to Stéphan Bureau, claiming the title of guest debater for the evening.
The one who has held the presidency of the Union des artistes for 10 years avowedly ready this week to leave her seat, in particular to return to the game, but above all to shed the weight that weighs her down.
As soon as her nomination was announced 10 years ago, the actress said she immediately “felt such a weight on [her] shoulders,” which she compared to a 500-pound coat.
“I sincerely think that it changed me. I had a lot more naivety, lightness too. I tend to come back to it. You cannot access power like that without having the responsibility of your peers on your shoulders,” she told Stéphan Bureau.
She also spoke out in the discussion about on-screen diversity, which she strongly encourages, and about cancel culture, explaining that being recognized and loved by the public was “a privilege which “entails certain responsibilities, among others that of being an example for society”. “When you have been that and your profile changes, there may be very big repercussions,” she warned, stressing that “there is indeed a price to pay” for public figures. who are found at fault.
The Amira Elghawaby case
During a round table, the debaters of the week addressed the Amira Elghawaby case. Barely appointed Canada's special representative in charge of the fight against Islamophobia, the lady finds herself at the heart of a controversy these days because of comments she made about Quebecers, who seemed, according to her, ” influenced by anti-Muslim sentiment. Yasmine Abdelfadel was also invited to the set to participate in this discussion.
The show welcomed two new players this week, Marie-Claude Barrette and the former deputy of Québec solidaire, Emilise Lessard -Therrien. Guy Nantel and Richard Martineau completed the panel of debaters.
The federal Liberal MP for Louis-Hébert, Joël Lightbound, also sat down in front of Stéphan Bureau to talk about racism and hatred. He also discussed the Rouleau Commission and the government's eavesdropping on freedom convoy activists in Ottawa last year.
The Upside Down World is broadcast on Fridays, 8 p.m., on TVA.