Carole Laganiere
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After directing several prize-winning works of fiction (Le mouchoir de poche, Jour de congé and Aline), Carole Laganière now devotes herself entirely to documentaries, a genre that allows her to combine her social and artistic interests. In 2002 and 2003, the filmmaker won back-to-back Best Canadian Documentary awards at Toronto’s Hot Docs for The Fiancée of Life and The Moon and the Violin. East End Kids (2004), followed by East End Forever (2010), are works by a mature artist with a compassionate yet critical eye. In her film Absences, directed during a two year residency at the NFB, Carole turns her lens on her own mother, who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease. She recently made a film about gentrification (Quartiers sous tension, 2016) and one about a very special teacher (Sylvie à l'école, 2018).