Danielle Chartier’s Member's Statement

Excerpt from “Debates & Proceedings” – HANSARD
1st Session – 27th Legislature of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
N.S. Vol. 54 – No. 37A Monday, April 30, 2012
Pg. 1322

Ms. Chartier: French-Language Film Festival in Saskatoon

Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This past weekend the city of Saskatoon played host to Festival Cinergie, Saskatchewan’s international French language film festival. Celebrating its seventh year, the film festival presents us with a richer understanding of the diversity and vitality of our Fransaskois community while allowing audiences to travel the world with films from the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Belgium, and across Canada.

Cinema helps us to better reflect on our world, our society, each other, and ourselves. In addition to screening a wide variety of films from comedy to drama to animation to experimental art films, Festival Cinergie provided several opportunities for festival goers to engage in thought-provoking activities through workshops and discussions.

On a personal note, Mr. Speaker, my daughter was fortunate enough to attend the screening of Un monstre à Paris, an animated movie set in Paris in 1910, centred on a monster who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful young singer. And she loved the film, Mr. Speaker.

The arts are vital to developing our identity, inspiring creativity, spurring innovation, and contributing to the economy. Much work went into making this wonderful and valuable event happen. And so, Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank la Fédération des francophones de Saskatoon for continuing to host this festival, and the festival director, Tao Chamberlin, for all of her hard work and insight in organizing this spectacle.

I would also like to extend much appreciation to the Cinergie Festival planning committee, Audrey Adele-Rose, Gisèle Lalonde, Eric Lefol, Laurette Lefol, Sarah Marchildon, and Ludovic Piejos, for their contributions to putting on this marvellous event. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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