LA CLASSE DE MADAME LISE
from Sylvie Groulx
Sunday, October 22nd , 2 – 4 pm, at Parvis – centre culturel
Within the framework of the Semaine sherbrookoise des rencontres interculturelles, we invite you for the projection of this touching and colorful documentary!
This 90 minutes film screening will start at 2 pm and will be followed by a discussion with the public.
Their names are Rafik, Solace, Rahat, Jessica and Adonay. They are six years old. They live in Park-Extension, a multi-ethnic neighborhood in the heart of Montréal and they are pupils in Madame Lise’s grade-one class. For one entire school year, director Sylvie Groulx observed these students as they learned from and interacted with each other. She witnessed the patient work of a primary teacher facing the new reality of modern urban life: children of diverse ethnic origins with major cultural differences struggling to learn French, a language not heard at home.
La classe de madame Lise uncovers the goodwill of a group of disparate students whose friendships surpass their differences, their knowing smiles, their sulkiness and mocking devoid of malice. This film is also a portrait of Lise Coupal, their warm and attentive, tolerant yet firm teacher who is overjoyed when she discovers unknown potential in a timid boy. La classe de madame Lise goes beyond the classroom to inspire genuine confidence in the future.
JUTRA AWARD, 2006 – Winner , Best Documentary
Thank you to the distributor K-Films Amérique !