Les Films du 3 Mars, Multi-Monde and Liberté magazine are pleased to announce the celebration of a screening event on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the student movement in 2012 with the screening of the documentary feature film Carré rouge sur fond noir (2013) directed by Hugo Samson and Santiago Bertolino, followed by a round table. This special screening will take place on Thursday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cinémathèque québécoise, with the presence of filmmaker Santiago Bertolino and one of the film’s stars, Justin Arcand.
The roundtable will bring together student activists from 2012 and today for a discussion. In particular, they will exchange on militancy, on the legacies of past uprisings, and on the current struggles of the student movement. The panel will be composed of Justin Arcand and Cloé Zawadzki-Turcotte, two elected members of CLASSE in 2012, as well as Xavier Courcy-Rioux and Rebeckah-Catrina Stewart, respectively general secretary and foreign affairs representative of the General Association of Students of the Cegep du Vieux-Montreal. Everything will be moderated by Julia Posca, IRIS researcher and member of the editorial board of Liberté magazine.
Carré rouge sur fond noir follows the 2012 student crisis from the inside and projects us into the heart of one of the most important social movements in Quebec. With a style of truth camera, we follow the members of CLASSE in the daily life of their struggle. Maxime, Victoria and Justin, as well as the co-spokespeople at the time, Gabriel and Jeanne, reveal the background to this historic strike.
Thanks to privileged and unique behind-the-scenes access, we relive with them this public political debate that literally shook Quebec during the “Maple Spring”: executive meeting, preparation of press conferences, votes and demonstrations, demands, negotiations… but also weariness, discouragement, questioning. Carré rouge sur fond noir is an uncompromising portrait that offers an x-ray of this resistance and its main actors and reveals the daily reality of a militant and inspired youth, from the first to the last day of the strike.
RED SQUARE ON A BLACK BACKGROUND – directed by Santiago Bertolino and Hugo Samson
Documentary feature film, 110 minutes, 2013, Quebec, original version in French.
Edition: Andrea Henriquez | Original Music: Rene Lussier
Production: Lucie Pageau (Multi-Monde Productions) with the participation of Télé-Québec
Distribution: Les Films du 3 mars in collaboration with Diffusion Multi-Monde