A documentary about the activism and feminism of the Helper Nuns
Sisterhood (Ainsi soient-elles), Maxime Faure‘s debut documentary feature. This very human film follows the Helper Nuns, a group of activist nuns who dream of the day when the Pope will be a woman. As the disappearance of their small religious community looms, they begin sorting through a lifetime of struggles.
After its world premiere at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Sisterhood was selected by several national and international festivals, where it was warmly welcomed. The film will open on June 11 in Montreal (Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma Beaubien, Cinéma du Musée, Cinéma Moderne), Quebec City (Cinéma Le Clap), and Sherbrooke (La Maison du Cinéma). The version with English subtitles will be available for some screenings at Cinéma Moderne and Cinéma du Musée.
Special screenings in theatres and onlinehosted by the filmmaker and protagonists will be announced soon. There will also be special screenings in different cities across the province this summer, hosted by the protagonists.
Sisterhood will be available throughout Canada on June 25, via the online platforms of Cinémas Beaubien, du Parc and du Musée, and Cinéma Public.
The first snow falls on Quebec. As the disappearance of their small religious community looms, the Helper Nuns begin sorting through their life — a lifetime of struggles. These valiant all-terrain militants, who believe in God but not in a Church dominated by men, have spent years and years campaigning for women’s rights, social justice and international solidarity. Basically, a precious heritage that Gisèle, Marie-Paule, Nicole, Suzanne and their fellow sisters are preparing to leave behind. Between apprehension about death, outbursts of laughter and meals washed down with wine, these dignified free women live the meaning of sisterhood to the fullest. Until the very end.
About Maxime Faure
Maxime Faure grew up in France. He studied cinema in Rennes and then in Montreal. It is there, during a student strike, that he makes his first short about a feminist collective, Knit, Dream & Revolt! (2012) which was selected at the Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec (FIFEQ). In 2015, his documentary Masked wins the Jury award at the festival Cinéma sous les étoiles. He then leaves for Ukraine to direct his next film, Unrest (2016), winner of the France Culture / Infracourts Award. In parallel, Maxime collaborates with Radio-France for his first sound documentary, À ne pas croire (2016), and directs the documentary series Unceded Voices (2017), winner of the Audience Award at the Festival de films féministes de Montréal. Sisterhood is his first feature film.
Quebec/France. 2019. 75 minutes. Original French version with English subtitles
Directed by: Maxime Faure | Script: Maxime Faure | Cinematography: Léna Mill-Reuillard | Editing: Karen Benainous | Sound Design: Martin Gracineau | Sound Recording: Martyne Morin | Original Score: KROY | Colour Grading: Julien Mailhiot-Guyon | Produced by: Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre (Metafilms) and Estelle Robin You (Les films du Balibari) | Distribution: Les Films du 3 Mars
Website : f3m.ca/en/film/sisterhood