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Concordia postdoctoral researcher and filmmaker Léa Clermont-Dion wins top honours at the Gémeaux Awards

2 of the writer/director’s recent documentaries are recognized at the celebration of French-language TV and digital media
September 28, 2023
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Léa Clermont-Dion: “I dedicated extensive research and effort to achieve this and I’m happy to see the results celebrated.” | Photo by Jimmy Francoeur

Léa Clermont-Dion, a filmmaker and postdoctoral researcher at Concordia’s Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, shone brightly at the 38th Gémeaux Awards.

Her documentary Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age (Je vous salue salope : la misogynie au temps du numérique) clinched not one but two coveted awards at this year’s celebration of Canadian television and digital media broadcast in French.

The film, which Clermont-Dion co-directed and co-wrote with Guylaine Maroist, triumphed in the categories of Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series: Society, History, Politics and Economy, and Best Research in a Documentary Program or Series, in partnership with the Rogers Documentary Fund.

Backlash, produced by La Ruelle Films, sheds a revealing light on the global prevalence of misogyny and online hate.

Clermont-Dion directed her more recent documentary, Janette et filles, which was produced by La Ruelle Films. The film earned the prestigious Gémeaux Award for Best Documentary: Biography or Portrait, Arts and Culture.

The documentary offers a fascinating dive into the life of the journalist, comedian and author Janette Bertrand.

“It’s an honour to receive these awards. I dedicated extensive research and effort to achieve this and I’m happy to see the results celebrated,” Clermont-Dion says.

“I love knowing that my projects have an impact on the public while addressing complex themes. I feel truly blessed.”

Her research primarily focuses on cyberbullying, violence against women and the empowerment of women in the media. In addition to Clermont-Dion’s impactful documentaries, she is the author of three books: La revanche des moches (2014), Les Superbes (2016) and Crève avec moi (2019).

What’s next for Clermont-Dion?

“I am launching the podcast Why So Much Hate? in collaboration with Savoir Média, produced by Concordia, in early October,” she shares. “Furthermore, on October 24, I will be releasing an essay about the legal process as experienced by victims of sexual assault.”

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For more information on Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age, including screenings, visit Backlash the Film.


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