What is the PoliDoc Contest?
- PoliDoc is a contest organized by the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC), aimed at Quebec post-secondary students in the context of Canada’ Democracy Week 2017. To participate in the contest, students are asked to submit a short documentary film proposal on topics related to democracy, civic engagement, political participation, representation, diversity, and other topics related to the exercise of democracy.
- Two winning projects will be selected: one English-speaking project and one French-speaking project. The two winners of the PoliDoc contest will have the chance to direct their short documentary, with the financial support and human resources provided for by the CSDC and its partners. They will also receive a $1000 stipend (along with travel expenses totaling $600).
- The finalized short documentaries will then be screened during the following year’s Democracy Week, in September 2018, on multiple platforms.
Democracy Night 2018
On Thursday September 20, 2018, the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship organized its first edition of the Democracy Night.
The 2017-18 Polidoc Contest’s Winners were given the opportunity to screen their documentaries at Cinema du Parc. The screening was followed by a Q&A session moderated by CBC journalist Jonathan Montpetit. The winners of the contest were:
Benjamin Aloi and Carlo Mole : “Right on the Rise”
Horrified by the 2017 Québec City mosque shooting, a university student sets out to learn more about Canada’s rising extremist groups.
Gabriella Quesnel-Olivo: “Prête pas prête”
Québec, printemps 2018. Rosalia s’apprête à retrouver ses amies mexicaines autour d’un brunch mensuel. Soulevant des enjeux sociaux, éthiques, culturels et émotionnels, le documentaire explore l’expérience d’immigrantes qui sont venus à Québec par choix.
The screening was followed by a roundtable on the state of democracy in Quebec and Canada. Our members discussed the following themes:
- Immigration (Thomas Soehl – Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in International Migration – McGill University)
- Democracy and Elections (Jean-François Daoust – postdoctoral researcher – McGill University)
- Youth and democracy (Valérie-Anne Mahéo – Post-doctoral Fellow, McGill University)
- Media Literacy (Frédérick Bastien – Associate Professor – Université de Montréal)
Several partners made this event possible. Thanks to : Apathy Is Boring, CIVIX, Elections Canada, Emilie BG, Love Lux, Main Film, Rapide Blanc, SSHRC, Synopsis, RIDM, Samara, Inspire Democracy
Pictures from the event are available here: https://csdc-cecd.ca/image-gallery/2018-democracy-night-screening/