Montreal filmmaker frustrated that so few Black stories are told


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“That plan is definitely a concrete step forward,” said Alon, co-chair of Telefilm’s Equity and Representation Action Committee. “We really want to imbue a culture of equity and that we are representative of the various storytellers who need to have more of a place to share their points of view. … The history of Telefilm I can’t address, I’m relatively new to the organization. When I look at the portfolio of Canadian films out there, do I think more (diverse) stories can be told? Absolutely.”

Prosper noted that there is more diversity behind the scenes in the film and TV business in the rest of Canada than there is in Quebec. He said that is due to “this over present question of the fear of losing the French culture.”

Prosper added: “When you’re defending that so hard and you’re scared you’re going to lose it, you’re not seeing how much oppressing you’re doing to other people growing up in the same community. You’re not helping your culture because we’re seeing youth turning to what’s going on in the U.S. and France and the rest of Canada. Unfortunately, they’re not even consuming what’s going on here. They don’t feel that they can be part of this society so they work on projects that are built for other places.

“I have more things in common with a French Quebecer than I do with a white American. But I have something in common with a Black American because we have a shared experience. But they’re lucky enough to see themselves in their movies and TV shows. We don’t have that chance (in Quebec). We don’t see the beautiful (Black) stories we see in the rest of the world.”

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