In the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, host Isabelle Racicot asked herself a very intimate question: herself, a figure known to the media, appreciated by the public, could she use her platform to do more? It is on this premise that the documentary was born For my sons, my silence is impossible.
My father was a lawyer, I grew up in a wealthy, multi-ethnic family, I went to the best schools. In short, I admit, I am Black and privileged! I was not ignorant of racism, but on many occasions [où j’aurais pu intervenir face au racisme], I chose to remain silent, she said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
She confides that she refused to believe, for a while, in certain situations of injustice based on her skin color that were pointed out to her by her spouse.
She said to herself
carried by the breath of his sons, who began to question her about the possibility of being a victim of inequalities.
The facilitator says that the mother in her needed to get up and do something concrete.
For this documentary, she went to meet key people who, if they don’t have all the answers, ask the right questions. Directed by Christian Lalumière, the film approaches racism in a personal way – the first images are shot in Isabelle’s kitchen, allowing the audience to witness, in particular, the tongue-in-cheek humor of her youngest son.
Isabelle Racicot thus discusses with friends, specialists as well as activists from all walks of life.
She notably met Fady Dagher, who heads the Longueuil agglomeration police department. The latter reveals in particular that 120 agents, among the 300 under his command, volunteered to remove weapons and uniforms, then go to families whose members are likely to be victims of profiling. The facilitator also calls on the directors of Quebec companies: wouldn’t companies gain in wealth and know-how if they were made up of a more diverse workforce?
This quest imbued with sensitivity and lucidity will be broadcast on ICI TÉLÉ on Monday, November 23 at 9 p.m. A simultaneous broadcast will take place on ICI PREMIÈRE.