Domestic violence and feminicides on TV, let's talk about it
Ingrid Falaise in the documentary series “Woman, I'm killing you”
Two new documentary series with unequivocal titles are devoted to feminicides and domestic violence. One week before their release, Métro had access to Woman, I'm killing you and Pas une plus.
In 2020, 21 feminicides were perpetrated in Quebec. More generally, in Canada, a woman is killed for being a woman every 2.28 days. These data provided by the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability are chilling.
Faced with an alarming reality, Investigation and ICI RDI each offer a program devoted to this scourge that is eating away at the company. On the first of these two channels, Woman, I'm killing youlooks back at eight feminicides that have taken place in the province in the last twenty years. We thus immerse ourselves in the tragedies of the murders of Clémence Beaulieu-Patry and Sonia Raymond, among others.
At the crossroads of documentary and detective series, the approach is “quite unique”, says director Mariane McGraw. “The idea is to go beyond the news. By incorporating testimonials into the journalistic narrative, we give a human dimension. The woman [assassinated, editor's note] is at the center of her own story”, she underlines.
According to the committed actress Ingrid Falaise, who co-hosts Woman, I kill you with journalist Sarah Bernard, it is “a huge social problem that men allow themselves to kill women”, she said, moved to tears, during the press conference.
You have to realize that feminicide is not a news item. As a woman, I would like to go for a walk at night and not be afraid. But we haven’t got there. In the meantime, we must denounce, speak, speak out, dare to do series like Woman, I'm killing you.
Fleeing domestic violence
“We have to talk about sexual assault, misogyny, sexual exploitation, honor killings and domestic violence, of course,” continues Ingrid Falaise, evoking the immense spectrum of feminicides.
Domestic violence is precisely the question in the very intimate docuseries Pas une plus by Ève Lamont. Each episode sheds new light on the phenomenon, as we follow several workers in a help and shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence.
One of them, Georgia, indicates that this immersion was made possible in order to “demystify what [the] shelters are and the welcome that the women receive there”. The speaker insists on the benevolent, non-judgmental approach of such structures. “We support women in their approach. If with Not one more we can show them that there are resources for them, we have accomplished our mission,” she adds.
Her colleague Mélanie also explains that, contrary to popular belief, these accommodations bring “a lot of stability to women victims of domestic violence who find themselves in constant turmoil”. She adds: “We follow them for as long as necessary, in a healthy and safe environment.” it is no longer taboo.
Georgia, worker in a shelter and shelter for women victims of domestic violence
“Some may not know that they are experiencing domestic violence. Others may recognize themselves in the series,” hopes Mélanie. “It takes time to understand what we are going through,” she observes. Our job is to sow seeds, it's up to them to water them.”
For its part, if Woman, I'm killing you brings exclusive testimonies, that of Marylène's mother Levesque for example, the series also allows you to come back to cold cases. “Resurrecting old stories can presumably lead to new information or make people want to tell things 20 years later. It’s not impossible that the Milia Abrar affair will be reopened thanks to the show,’said Sarah Bernard in this regard.
Finally, in addition to exposing the different faces of this violence against women, Sarah Bernard believes that Woman, I'm killing youcould open the discussion, raise awareness. Ingrid Falaise, she wonders: “It is our responsibility to ask ourselves why this continues in our society. How, as a human being, can I be a vector of change? How can I help stop all this violence, this ultimate takeover of women?”
Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Investigation, then on Noovo.ca
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on RDI, then on ICI TÉLÉ and TOUT.TV