SISTERHOOD75 min, documentary, France, Canada, 2019
Directed byMaxime Faure
Produced by Les films Balibari | Metafilms
LanguageFrançais with english subtitles
The first snow falls on Quebec. As the disappearance of their small religious community looms, the Helper Nuns begin sorting through their life — a lifetime of struggles. These valiant all-terrain militants, who believe in God but not in a Church dominated by men, have spent years and years campaigning for women’s rights, social justice and international solidarity. Basically, a precious heritage that Gisèle, Marie-Paule, Nicole, Suzanne and their fellow sisters are preparing to leave behind. Between apprehension about death, outbursts of laughter and meals washed down with wine, these dignified free women live the meaning of sisterhood to the full. Until the very end.
Written and directed by : Maxime Faure
Cinematography and edited by : Léna Mill-Reuillard
Editing : Karen Benainous
Sound Design: Martin Gracineau
Music : K R O Y
Sound recording : Martyne Morin
Calibration : Julien Mailhiot-Guyon
Les films Balibari
Créative Europe MEDIA
Région pays de la Loire
La culture avec La copie privée
Fondation Jean Luc Lagardère
Fonds documentaire Rogers
Fonds des médiqs du Canada
Les Films du 3 Mars
Maxime Faure (30) grew up in France. After a childhood punctuated between the desire to take over the neighbor’s farm and to making films, he left to study cinema in Rennes and then Montreal. It is there, seizing the opportunity of a student strike, that he makes his first short to tell the daily life of a feminist collective. KNIT, DREAM & REVOLT! (2012) was selected at the Festival international du film d’ethnographie du Québec.
In 2015, his documentary MASKED wins the Jury award at the festival Cinéma sous les étoiles. The following year, he leaves for Ukraine to direct his next film UNREST (2016), winner of the France Culture / Infracourts Award. Also, Maxime collaborates with Radio-France for his first sound documentary, À NE PAS CROIRE (2016), and direct a documentary series UNCEDED VOICES (2017), winner of the Audience Award at the Festival de films féministes de Montréal.
SISTERHOOD (2019), his first feature film, co-produced by Les films du balibari and Metafilms, will soon be released in Quebec theaters, after being broadcasted on France Télévisions and screened in several international festivals.
Knit, Dream & Revolt! (2012), 32 min., documentary
The Green Flamingos (2013), 21 min., documentary
Masked (2014), 13 min., documentary
Ourselves (2015), 3x 4 min., documentary series
Unrest (2016), 5 min., documentary
À ne pas croire (2016), 58 min., sound documentary
Unceded Voices (2017), 9 x 5 min., documentary series