Funambules Médias is proud to celebrate the 10th edition of Cinema Sous les Etoiles this year. For a decade now, Cinema Sous les Etoiles has been presenting free social and political documentaries in various parks around Montreal all summer long, an event that has become a must for Montrealers. Back this year from June 25 to August 30, 2019, with sixty screenings, in 18 parks and outdoor venues, in 10 boroughs and, for a first year, in Saint-Bruno, Cinema Sous les Etoiles has always the goal of stimulating reflection on critical issues.
Claudia Sparrow’s Maxima film kicks off at the 10th edition on Tuesday, June 25th at Pelican Park as soon as it gets dark. Winner of the public award at Hot Docs, the film tells the story of an indigenous woman fighting in the Peruvian Andes against a mining company to conserve her land and the right to live according to her traditions.
PROGRAMMING | AN OVERVIEW
Always anchored in national and international news, Cinema Sous les Etoiles will once again address the major current issues: social struggles, indigenous, climate change and alternative proposals, extra-activism and territory, agriculture, democracy, feminism, human migration, artificial intelligence and privacy, as well as neoliberalism in all its forms.
The documentary Pauline Julien, intime et politique by Pascale Ferland (June 26 at Laurier Park / July 16 at Saint-Gabriel Park) traces the course of what was called the pasionaria in Quebec. A resolutely free and committed woman, emblematic figure of the song and a pivotal period in the history of Quebec. This event, which promises to be a rallying party, will allow the public to revisit its political history.
The key themes of the environment and agriculture will be at the heart of the program, with films such as Sébastien Majonchi’s Chemins de Traverse (June 30 at Village au Pied-du-Courant / July 9 at Parc Saint-Gabriel) , which offers, through the eyes of six inhabitants of the Monts du Lyonnais, alternatives to consumerism including through a path of agrobiology and a healthier lifestyle.
An important part of the selection will also be reserved for democracy with, among others, the film Henri Poulain and Sylvain Goetz, Démocratie(s) ? (July 8 at Parc des Faubourgs), which studies the concept in all its forms, going beyond the call to the polls. Finally, in collaboration with the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), two screenings that highlight the people and their place in the political sphere: the documentary Exarcheia, le chant des oiseaux by Nadine Gomez (July 10, 2019). Laurier Park) plunges us into the Exarcheia district, the most politically active district in Greece where conversations loaded with ideals, dreams and aspirations ignite or suffocate, but never remain silent. The film Avec un sourire, la révolution ! by Alexandre Chartrand (22 August 2019 at Molson Park) looks back on the Catalan mobilization, which took place forty years after the end of the Franco dictatorship, to organize a referendum of self-determination banned by Spain.
All the programming will be available on the website: cinemasouslesetoiles.org as of June 11th.
COMPETITION OF SHORT FILMS
Funambules Médias renews its support for documentary filmmakers with the 4th edition of its short film competition. The public will be able to discover the documentary in another form thanks to the 24 local and international shorts that will be screened before the feature films. Thanks to its generous partners (Spira, Main Film, NFB-ACIC, Beebop Studios, SLA Productions and Coop l’Argot), the jury will award $20,000 in prizes in six categories, during the special evening of the laureates at Laurier Park on Wednesday, July 17th at 9pm.
18 PARKS AND PLACES OF DIFFUSION
With the support of the participating boroughs and municipalities mentioned below, as well as SDC Promenade Fleury, SDC Fleury West, SDC Central District, Islet 84, Promenade Masson, and Table de Quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the screenings will take place as soon as it gets dark in the following public places * in case of rain, check the alternative date *:
• Ville-Marie borough:
o Parc des Faubourgs – Mondays, from July 1st to 22nd (rain date July 29th)
o Village at Pied-du-Courant – Sunday, June 30 (rain date July 14)
o Cabot Square – Mondays, July 29 to August 19 (rain date August 26)
• Borough of Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension:
o Normanville Park – Fridays, July 12 to August 2 (rain date August 9)
• South West Borough:
o Parc Saint-Gabriel – Tuesdays, from July 2 to August 6 (rain date August 13)
• Borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie:
o Pelican Park -Tuesdays, from June 25 to July 16 (rain date on July 23)
o Molson Park – Thursdays, July 18 to August 22 (rain date August 29)
• Borough Plateau-Mont-Royal:
o Laurier Park – Wednesdays, from June 26 to August 14 (rain date August 21)
o Gilford Road – every second Thursday, July 11 to August 22 (rain date August 27)
o Théâtre de Verdure – Mondays 19th and 26th of August
• Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough:
o Square Dézéry – every second Thursday, from July 4th to August 15th (rain date on August 29th)
• Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough:
o Fleury Drive – Fridays, June 28 and July 5 (pick up times tomorrow)
o Tolhurst Park – Wednesday, August 21 (resumed August 28)
o Ephemeral village, 50-150 rue Louvain – Wednesday, July 3rd (rain date on July 17th)
• Verdun Borough:
o Etel parking – Wednesdays July 10th and 31st and August 14th
• Outremont Borough:
o Saint-Viateur Park – Fridays, from July 19th to August 9th (inside in case of rain)
• Montreal West Borough:
o Davies Park – Tuesday, August 27 (indoors in case of rain)
o Saint-Bruno Parish – Thursday, July 4th (rain date on July 5th)
COLLABORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
The Cinema Sous les Etoiles and Funambules Médias enjoy the support of major players in the Quebec documentary scene such as the Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal (RIDM), the National Film Board (NFB), Cinéma Politica, the Cinemas Beaubien and Parc, the Wapikoni Mobile, Quebec Cinema, the Filministes Festival, the Native Presence Festival, the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), and Equitable Directors. Éditions Écosociété and Lux Éditeur will also enrich our events, by offering complementary books to the films presented, as well as our many collaborators from community circles such as SUCO, L’ŒUVRE LÉGER, Humanité & Inclusion Canada, Sea and World, the UPop and many activists, who will allow you to know more about local struggles and alternatives. Our media partner, TV5, will also join us all summer. It is important to highlight the collaboration of our valued partners such as the City of Montreal and its boroughs, the Caisses Desjardins, the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) and the Fonds de solidarité (FTQ), which financially support this major project; in addition to the essential support of the institutions of the three levels of government: the Canada Council for the Arts (CAC), the Council for Arts and Letters in Quebec (CALQ) and the Montreal Arts Council (CAM). Finally, as part of the Montreal Arts Council tour 2019, 10 screenings will be planned to present a selection of the best titles of the 2018 edition.
FUNAMBULES MEDIAS: PROMOTING SOCIAL CHANGE
Since 2008, Funambules Médias has been producing and distributing works of a social and political nature as well as offering video-citizen training. Funambules Médias is part of a global process of social change by offering an autonomous media force to creators supported by values of solidarity, by promoting the influence of underrepresented voices as well as by stimulating citizen participation in democratic life.
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