CHSLDs, places of love

Presented through the “Rethinking intimacy” section of the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), the documentary “CHSLD, Mon Amour” by director Danic Champoux reveals the sometimes difficult, but often tender, daily life of the residents of the CHSLD Émilie -Gamelin from the Center-Sud of Montreal.

“Me, I rub shoulders with the beneficiaries of the CHSLD, I am a neighbor. There are often some who come outside, who go around the block, who pass in front of our house. There are some that I know well, ”says the director.

It is to undo the sometimes rather gloomy reputation that surrounds these accommodation centers that Danic Champoux wanted to testify to what they could shelter beautiful and worthy through this documentary produced in the fall of 2019, just before the pandemic will not upset everything. There are valiant, attentive and very gentle staff. We meet residents full of humor, character and driven by a strong desire to live.

“I cannot draw any conclusions and I only filmed one CHSLD, I cannot pick up the whole system, but what I wanted to show is that there was a work of benevolence there- inside, continues the director. Because we talked a lot about CHSLDs before the pandemic already, but it seemed to me that there was a kind of gap between reality and what we receive from the media in general. I’m not denying that there are problems, but I decided to take a look where there was empathy, care, love in the end. ”

The documentary “CHSLD, Mon Amour” will be presented in world premiere from November 26 to December 2.

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