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The 3 Magalys at the Cinémathèque québécoise



After a sold-our premiere at the 2017 Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois and packing another screening at the 2017 Vues sur mer documentary festival, Frédéric Julien's medium-length documentary The 3 Magalys opens on May 19, 2017 at the Cinémathèque québécoise. It is scheduled to screen every day until May 25 at 6:30 pm. 

Shot in Bolivia over the course of two and a half years, this intimate portrait of Magaly, a young Indigenous mother, softly explores her difficult past. Her troubled youth is unfortunately not a unique case and is a true representation of what too many Indigenous women all over the Americas still go through today. By telling her story through a film, Magaly breaks the cycle of violence and silence, and gives her daughter hope for a bright future. "Magaly is the name of the protagonist, which she shares with her mother and daughter. The 3 Magalys represent different sides of her personality but also three generations of women," explains the director Frédéric Julien. This family saga is both simple and extraordinary and depicts the emancipation of Indigenous women over several generations as well as the power of resilience that sleeps inside every one of us.

Frédéric Julien is a graduate of UQAM's Media School and has been working as a documentary director, screenwriter, cameraman and editor for 12 years. He did the photography of Máximo (which won the Best Short Film Award at the 2006 Riviera Maya Film Festival) before co-directing an award-winning medium-length documentary called Discours d'eau with Saël Lacroix. From 2009 to 2013, he was a filmmaker-mentor with Wapikoni Mobile and worked in various Indigenous communities in both Quebec and Latin America, were he found the inspiration for The 3 Magaly.

The 3 Magalys will follow two Wapikoni mobile shorts: Mantokatcikan (Québec, 6 min) directed by Sipi Flamand and Élisa Moar, and Don Severo del Puente (Bolivia, 6 min) directed by Estaban Espejo, René Lovera and Ronald Quispe. There will be a Q&A with Frédéric Julien every night (and Sipi Flamand on May 19). The May 20 screening is presented by OXFAM Québec, an important partner for Wapikoni mobile and a collaborator in the production of this film.

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