Screening and Discussion

Sunday, November 25, 2018, 2 P.M.

Screening of the documentary Bagages and meeting with Mere Phantoms

Screenings

Reflections on exile, the immigration process, and the concept of “home” are at the heart of the installation Shadows Without Borders by artist duo Mere Phantoms and the film Bagages by Paul Tom (director) and Mélissa Lefebvre (original concept, script and staging). The artists will present their projects, which offer different perspectives on the migration experience.

With the participation of:

  • Maya Ersan, Mere Phantoms
  • Paul Tom, director and co-screenwriter of Bagages

Bagages (Picbois Productions, 2017, 52 min., original French version) is a film by Paul Tom that gives a voice and the stage to newly arrived teenage immigrants studying at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont High School in Montreal. Through drama workshops, staged scenes and personal interviews, they share their stories of immigration and integration. Their accounts move from an “elsewhere and before” to a “here and now.” With a wisdom well beyond their years that will leave no one unmoved, these students recount their journeys with a disarming authenticity.

The interactive installation Shadows Without Borders asks visitors to explore and reflect on exile, what binds our identity, and the strength of our connection to that irreplaceable place called “home.” As you travel through this shadow world with flashlights, discover pieces created during workshops in refugee communities in Greece and Turkey alongside work made by the artists. Playing with shadow and light, you are invited to highlight an object, a moment or a place, or cast them into darkness.

Discussion and film in French followed by a bilingual question period.
Location: J. A. Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum

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