For several weeks now, we’ve been talking about the Le Cercle program, which we started in the fall of 2022. Enough chatter for now, as we get down to work, and by we, I mean Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski, who takes over Le Labo’s studio on October 6, for a week of exploration. 

Saïda is a filmmaker and journalist. She has long been interested in the place of women in our society, especially for those from visible minorities. Today, Saïda has decided to raise a cry of her own. It’s a cry she needs to express, because of a life full of frustration, anger and fatigue, as well as moments of joy. It’s a lot to take in, especially for a woman with an impressive career, a single mother who is first and foremost a woman. 

Saïda is going to take advantage of a few days of calm, far from the hustle and bustle of her daily life, and in a space she can choose to shape as she pleases, to shout out this cry, and transform it into art through various forms of media. 

Follow Saïda’s progress on our social networks. 

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Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski recently moved to Toronto after 20 years in Vancouver. It was on the West Coast that she fully embraced her passion for documentary and filmmaking. Her first film, Pluri’Elles, dealt with immigration issues through the experience of French-speaking women from southern countries, and was aired by Radio-Canada. She then co-directed the documentary Une langue aux mille visages, le français au Canada (TV5). Her web series La vie en rose was selected by Fonds TV5. Her exploration of the cultural diversity and evolution of Canadian society is reflected in Demain, nous parlerons tous chinois (Tomorrow, we’ll all speak Chinese). In it, Saïda examines the place of Mandarin in Vancouver’s public schools and its impact on Canada’s linguistic duality. Her latest film, À pleine voix, produced by the ONF, debunks common prejudices about women from Muslim cultures in Canada. Population movements, multiple identities and the status of women are at the heart of the filmmaker’s work, for whom living together is a source of creativity, and for whom freedom rhymes with humanity.