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My War

Julien Fréchette
2018 | 97 min

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  • Official SelectionRIDM 2018

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Julien Fréchette
Photo : Frédérique Ménard Aubin

Julien Fréchette

Filmmaker Julien Fréchette has a bachelor’s degree in film production from Concordia University. He directs auteur documentaries, often serving as writer—and occasionally cameraman—on his films as well. Frechette is frequently drawn to social and historical subjects that raise important issues.

His first short documentary, L’homme et la montagne (2004), is about a former member of the Canadian military who fights for recognition of the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by so many veterans of the 1990–91 Gulf War. The film won two awards, including one for best documentary in Télé-Québec’s Vidéaste recherché(e) competition, and was broadcast throughout Quebec on the Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec television networks.

Fréchette’s first feature-length documentary, Le doigt dans l’œil (2007), looked at the controversy over logging on René Levasseur Island in the Manicouagan Reservoir on Quebec’s North Shore, revealing some very close ties between the logging industry and the province’s Liberal government of the day. The documentary screened at the 2007 Montreal International Documentary Festival and went on to win the Jury Award and the People’s Choice Award at the 2008 Portneuf environmental film festival.

In 2009, Fréchette began to explore the possibilities of online filmmaking, directing two web-based video series: Le réflexe juridique for the NFB and La vie en slam for TV5.ca.

In 2010, Fréchette made a 52-minute documentary entitled Le monde en coulisse,  broadcast on TV5, while also shooting ads and videos for the Montreal First People’s Festival and several other clients. Since 2011, he has also been working alongside Chilean-born documentary filmmaker Patricio Henriquez at the Montreal-based production company that he co-founded, Macumba International.

In 2012, Fréchette made his second film with the NFB, Silence Is Gold, moving further into the realm of socially conscious filmmaking. The director skilfully combined cinéma vérité and investigative reporting in this documentary thriller about the legal controversy surrounding the book Noir Canada.

In 2014, Fréchette directed Kurdistan, de gré ou de force, a medium-length documentary that presented the viewpoints of residents and refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan. The film was broadcast on Les grands reportages, a documentary program on the Radio-Canada television news channel Ici RDI. While shooting Kurdistan, Fréchette discovered that foreign volunteers were fighting alongside Kurdish forces in their war against ISIS, and he decided to make a film about these volunteers. The result is My War, his third collaboration with the NFB, which takes an unusual look at one of today’s largest armed conflicts and the motivations of the people involved in it.

Colette Loumède
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Colette Loumède

Colette Loumède began her career at the Coop Vidéo de Montréal, a group that has had a significant impact on Quebec cinema. Alongside Robert Morin, Lorraine Dufour, Jean-Pierre St-Louis, Louis Bélanger and others, she learned every aspect of the film trade long before becoming the veteran producer she is today.

Currently the head of the French Program Documentary Studio at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Loumède is known for producing documentaries that stand out for both their subject matter and artistry. Her productions have screened at many of the world’s top festivals, including Hot Docs, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Berlin International Film Festival, Visions du réel, Sundance, and the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM).

Loumède’s work is driven by a desire to produce films with meaningful content by auteurs intent on addressing the important issues of the day. She has worked with Serge Giguère, Richard Desjardins, Patricio Henriquez, Hugo Latulippe, Benoît Pilon, Sophie Deraspe, Zaynê Akyol, Claude Demers, Jean-François Caissy and many other contemporary Quebec directors.

Over the course of her career, Loumède has collaborated with a wide range of groups and people. She was responsible for analyzing documentary projects for SODEC, Quebec’s public film-financing body, and founded and led the documentary program at the Institut national de l’image et du son de Montréal (INIS), Quebec’s foremost professional cinema training institute. She is actively involved with the Documentary Network, RIDM and other festivals across multiple genres, and has regularly served on panels, juries, and many domestic and international platforms devoted to promoting auteur documentary.



Research, Script and Direction
Julien Fréchette

With the participation of
Hanna Bohman
Thierry Pailler
Rebazy Bakur

Arnaud Bouquet
Sylvestre Guidi

Sound Recording
Julien Fréchette

Aube Foglia

Sound Design
Frédéric Cloutier

Additional Cinematography
Philippe St-Gelais
Etienne Roussy
Andrew Coppin

Assistant – Kurdistan
Khaled Sulaiman

Technical Coordinator – Shooting Equipment
Steve Hallé

Editing Assistant
Jordan Valiquette

Technical Support – Editing
Pierre Dupont
Isabelle Painchaud
Patrick Trahan

Khaled Sulaiman
Cevat Sahin


Mélanie Bouchard

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Lise Wedlock

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Jean Paul Vialard

Original Music
Serge Nakauchi Pelletier

Legal Advisor
Christian Pitchen

Press Relations
Nadine Viau

Marketing Manager
François Jacques

Marketing Coordinator
Jolène Lessard

Sia Koukoulas

Production Coordinators
Gabrielle Dupont
Isabelle Limoges
Chinda Phommarinh

Administrative Assistant
Pascale Savoie-Brideau

Technical Coordinator
Mira Mailhot

Line Producer
Mélanie Lasnier

Colette Loumède

Press Relations

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