Eve Lamont Photo Jacques Nadeau
An experienced director and camerawoman, Ève Lamont dives fearlessly into social realities that are too often swept under the rug. Since her first documentary – Des Squatteureuses (1988) – about female squatters in Europe, she’s been giving space to voices speaking out against profiteering and oppression. Her first feature-length documentary, Méchante Job (2001), was a critique of work from the point of view of the under- and unemployed. Her film SQUAT! (2002), which tells the story of the occupation of a building by homeless youth, won the award for Best Direction of a Feature-Length Documentary at Toronto’s HOT DOCS Festival. In The Fight For True Farming (2005), she sought out citizens and farmers opposed to industrial agriculture who championed sustainable alternative farming methods. Her documentary The Fallacy (2010), an intimate portrait of women struggling to escape prostitution, was followed up by The Sex Trade (2015), a behind-the-scenes foray into this clandestine world revealing what is essentially a modern form of slavery. In her most recent film, Neighborhood Utopia (2016), the filmmaker tells the story of a working-class neighbourhood’s efforts to defend its vision of urban planning against an onslaught of real estate developers. All of Ève’s films have been warmly received by the public. She has never stopped making socially engaged documentaries that promote reflection and debate in the public sphere.