“Power up ton potentiel” is a unique, inclusive intergenerational project, the aim of which is to promote community engagement among young people, encourage bilingualism and academic perseverance, and decrease feelings of isolation among the elderly through learning new technologies. Three groups of young people studying French as a second language, at Lindsay Place High School, helped francophone seniors become familiar with computer technology and, at the same time, improved their own French-language written skills. What started as a simple intergenerational intercultural project soon became a real learning experience and exchange of information during which a number of lasting relationships were formed.
This project was carried out in collaboration with Pascal Leblanc, a French teacher at Lindsay Place High School, an English-language institution, and APPLE specialists, who supervised the participants. Support was provided by Canadian Heritage, TD Bank and Telus. Building on the success of this project, Blue Metropolis Foundation now presents this moving and authentic making of-type documentary film with the goal of promoting such intergenerational projects, which break down the prejudice that affects both the young and the elderly.
We invite you to take a look at it!
Graduated from a bachelor in Film Production at Concordia University in Montreal, Camille travelled and filmed in Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico for over two year. The creation and distribution of film and digital art are not only a goal and a dream, but a passion. Her master’s degree in Communications and Technologies enrich her projects and inspire her vision of cinema and the arts. Working with children has always been part of her life too; she works in various schools helping kids developing their creative side.
Linda Amyot is the Associate Director of the Youth Programmation for the Blue Metropolis Festival. She is also a writer, youth editor, workshop leader, writer, researcher and writer of corporate and television audiovisual documents. Graduated (BA and MA) in Literary Studies from UQAM, she is very active in the field of literature. She has about ten publications to her credit. For the general public: Ha Long (2004; finalist Prix Anne-Hébert), Les murs blancs (2006), Au matin (2008), La visiteuse (2016) and the collection of short stories Les heures africaines (2013), all published by Leméac. In children’s literature, also at Leméac: La fille d’en face (2010, TD Prize for Children’s Literature and Booksellers’ Prizes), Le jardin d’Amsterdam (2013; City of Montreal Library Awards, and the Governor General’s Award) and Le garçon aux chiens (2018). And at Les Éditions du Soleil de minuit, two albums for children, illustrated by Stéphane Olivier and Gilles Boulerice: Rose-Fuchsia et la nouvelle école (2008) et Rose-Fuchsia et les mamans (2010).
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