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secondaire v

Guillaume Sylvestre | 2013 | O.V. French | S.T. English | Quebec, Canada | 92min | color

Synopsis :

They’re 16 and 17 years old. Some immigrated to Quebec, while others were born here and must come to terms with Montreal’s multicultural reality. They argue, interrupt and berate each other, but in the end, they’re on the same journey. With adolescence coming to an end, they’re on the cusp of adulthood. After the release of his feature film, 1st Love, last year, Guillaume Sylvestre returns to documentary filmmaking with Secondaire V. Filmed over an entire school year at Paul-Gérin Lajoie high school in Outremont, the film gives the floor to a group of young people who discuss subjects as varied as immigration, bullying, sexual orientation, and the importance of the French language in Quebec with surprising ease and maturity. Part of the documentary was filmed during the 2012 Quebec student protests, so tuition hikes inevitably become a big topic of debate. Secondaire V captures passionate discussions, stabs at activism and classroom disruptions, offering us a unique glimpse at the faces of our future student leaders.