While the idea of more Hasidic places of worship may agitate some of Outremont’s residents, it was at the Théâtre Outremont, a symbol Québécois Francophone culture, that hosted a private screening of Outremont and the Hasidim on May 19th :
Why Don’t We Start by Saying “Hello”?
Produced by Quatre Jeudis, Eric Scott’s production company with the support of Société Radio-Canada and the Canadian Media Fund, this film addresses – and gives a platform for varying points of view about the relations between the Hasidic and secular communities of Outremont. “An altercation between the Hasidim and a borough councillor caught my attention and I said to myself: Maybe I could do something to bring people together by using my skills as a filmmaker,” says Eric Richard Scott. “It took me six years of work to make this film. Despite the occasional intense reaction, people on both sides had confidence in me.”– Michel Joanny-Furtin – September 19, 2012 – Le Journal Outremont (loose translation) –
▸ The entire article in French is available here online.