After the success of her previous films (The sex trade in 2015, L’imposture 2010 or Squat! In 2002), activist filmmaker Eve Lamont returns with Neighborhood Utopia (Le chantier des possibles) a documentary on the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighborhood in Montreal.
Affectionately known as La Pointe, Pointe-Saint-Charles is a neighborhood southwest of Montreal. Long the largest industrial sector in Canada, Pointe-Saint-Charles is deserted by its factories in the mid 20th century. By this time, people facing unemployment and poverty will fall sleeves to tempt fate and take care of their world.
But in recent years, while the luxury condo towers sprouting up along the Lachine Canal, a former industrial area is taken over by property developers. Risk of exclusion by a building boom of unprecedented scale, community clings and holds on to save his neighborhood and his world. Residents of The Pointe come together to put forward a vision of urban development, focusing on social housing and community projects.
While activists of the first hour are building a non-profit seniors’ residence in the neighborhood, the city builders, a group of residents together to save it from demolition an old CN workshop. Building 7, a huge heritage building, becomes the catalyst for a vast collective project involving sports and cultural activities, creative workshops and artistic diffusion and urban agricultural spaces to meet the needs of the population. A fabulous story of tenacity and solidarity.
“Over the years I have documented reality of” resistant “a working class neighborhood that will never be the same. I watched it with my glass of documentary filmmaker who wants out of the shadows popular history, with my eyes of director and camerawoman. I felt attached and accomplice of this village in the Gallic fiber, cantilever to cynicism, which is going ahead without forgetting the proverb “Union is strength”. I think I signed a very personal film by putting my soul there with that of a neighborhood that refuses to die. “Eve Lamont, filmmaker.
The film will open in Montreal at La Cinémathèque Québécoise on October 18, 2016.