This story is part of Absolutely Canadian’s Into the Light, a documentary on Cité Memoire, a public art project where scenes from Quebec’s history and mythology are projected onto Montreal’s buildings. In this video, Cité Mémoire co-creator Michel Lemieux walks us through the underwater creation of part of this majestic work. Below, the documentary’s director Janice Zolf writes about the film. Stream Into the Light now on CBC Gem.
“I think in the 21st century we need to slow down and breathe a bit.” The opening sentence of the documentary film Into the Light has a profound resonance in the uncertainty of a world impacted by COVID-19. Michel Lemieux, the co-creator behind the magical Cité Mémoire projections that reimagine history on the stone walls of Old Montreal, is talking about his artistic goal of getting people to stop on the street, look up from their phones and immerse themselves in art that soars above the brightly lit city.
Lemieux and his co-director Victor Pilon chose characters from Montreal’s past, tackling subjects like race issues, poverty and the orphan children of the Holocaust while creating giant visual poetry in the heart of Montreal.