RLQ - Film expérimental

FILM – Women : Beyond labels

Film information sheet
Women : Beyond labels

Experimental Short Film
Length: 4 minutes 09 sec.
Languages : French & English

Director : Julie Vaillancourt
Original idea : Julie Antoine
Images & editing : Julie Vaillancourt
Music : Jean-Yves Cardin
QLN – Quebec Lesbian Network, for sexually diverse women
Year of production: 2018

Synopsis : At a time when the LGBTQ+ community wants to be more inclusive of the various identities, the QLN – Quebec Lesbian Network wishes to put forward the realities of sexually diverse women. Whether feminist, lesbian, queer, pansexual, trans, etc. these women go well beyond the labels in their ideologies, identifications and daily occupations. This short experimental film highlights the complexity of this reflection, while giving visibility to sexually diverse women.

About the RLQ : The Quebec Lesbian Network (RLQ/QLN), founded in 1996, emerged from a desire to offer an independent voice in a public place to Quebec lesbians. The QLN acts as a spokesperson and interlocutor with decision-making bodies, both political and social, regarding the quality of life of lesbians, sexually diverse women and their community. The QLN includes all sexually diverse women (women who identify as lesbian, queer, bisexual, trans, pansexual, fluid sexuality, radical lesbian, political, feminist, etc). We represent these women in all regions of Quebec, all ages, social classes, cultural and linguistic communities, different political points of view, those with and without disabilities, etc.

About the filmmaker : Julie Vaillancourt has been interested in film theory for more than a decade. As a graduate from Concordia University (2007), she holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Film Studies. Her thesis examines the representation of LGBT issues in Quebec cinema. Her writings were published in Cinematic Queerness, Sapho Magazine, Arc-en-ciel littéraire, Revue Dire, Nouvelles «vues» sur le cinéma québécois. Jounalist for Fugues Magazine, film critic for Séquences, she teaches cinema at the college level. Over time, she directed various film productions, including for the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, for the RLQ, not to mention some music videos for her musical projects.

Director statement: In Quebec, despite the social and legal progress of the LGBTQ+ rights in the last decade, LGBTQ+ women realities are still invisible, socially and within the gay community. Mainstream media offers limited representations of women who identify as lesbians, bisexuals, pansexual, asexuals, transsexuals, etc, and few tangible models of diversity are left for women to identify with.

If social identification is often associated with stereotypes, which are incarnated in the popular culture, movies also participate to construct (and deconstruct) social identities. Using experimental film was a way to deconstruct labelling regarding sexually diverse women. The film offers no answers on how an LGBTQ+ women should be, look or feel, because as every human being, we are unique. Whether feminist, lesbian, queer, pansexual, trans, etc. women go well beyond the labels in their ideologies, identifications and daily occupations.

As the film genre put forward experimentation, I wanted to re-evaluate social perceptions and conventions about sexually diverse women, using images and word often associated with sexually diverse women, in conjunction with music and rhythm to evoke feelings. We all have different feelings and perceptions when our senses are confronted to images of ourselves that are used (stereotypically or not) to label identifications. This short experimental film highlights the complexity of this reflection, while giving visibility to sexually diverse women.

WARNING

This short film emphasizes artistic expression. It combines deconstruction and reappropriation of labels and issues associated with sexually diverse women. The work is necessarily subjective and does not pretend to represent all women. It is an experimental reflection that highlights the complexity of the gaze, how images shape ourselves. By the experimental film genre, some will be confronted, even feel attacked, others will dive into the sensory experience.