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Community Art and Documentaries

Presented at: Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal [1]


Doc and Community-Based Art: Experiences and Results?

November 18th
5:00 PM
At Cinéma ONF
1564 Saint-Denis, Montréal

Born of a desire for social justice and the democratization of the expressive arts, the community-based art program is a collective creative process involving individuals of a community and professional artists. Its aim is to give a voice to those who are generally denied one: inner-city youth, First Nations communities, convicts, the homeless, women…The initiatives of the community-based art program in Montreal and Quebec are numerous, particularly in the field of the documentary. This round-table discussion is an opportunity to discover some of these collaborative works and to meet the participants who have come to share their experiences and their challenges with the practice of a community-based documentary workshop.

Moderator: Devora Neumark, coordinator, Engrenage Noir / LEVIER


  • Meena Murugesan and Brigid Souci, artist and participant, Agir par l’imaginaire
  • Halima Ouardiri and Alex Berthelot, producer and participant, EyeSteelFilm et Homeless Nation
  • Tobie Fraser and Janie Bellefleur-Kaltush, trainer and participant, Wapikoni Mobile

Free Admission

Since 2002, LEVIER has supported Community Art and Creative Humanist Activism projects in response to proposals from individuals and groups dealing with a wide array of concerns. LEVIER’s desire to nurture the conditions within which individuals could bring significant change to their own lives will continue to guide this new initiative. Added to this is the will to implicate a greater socio-cultural, economic, and political intentionality related to just and sustainable resource sharing and peaceful coexistence.

Agir par l’imaginaire is a project for artistic creation in prisons, encouraging a collaboration between artists and women caught up in the criminal justice system.

Homeless Nation is an initiative that encourages the homeless to share their points of view by providing them with the necessary tools of multimedia production.

The Wapikoni Mobile is a travelling audiovisual and music training studio intended for young First Nations people.