Mental Health Through Art
Mental health , although seemingly documented, is unfortunately still very much stigmatized even though the information is in the palm of our hands. I find myself questioning the preconceived ideas I have about it everyday. Meanwhile, Hugo Rozon did more than that, he showed us how it feels, sound and look like.
On the outside looking in, Hugo has it all.
Young, prosperous and the founder of a successful marketing agency.
Well spoken, a go-getter, a focus man with a hint of creativity just like any 30 under 30 Forbes would mention.
Perhaps, as that old saying goes, everybody fights their own fight. Hugo just so happened to turn his fight into a spiritual journey.
”The 108 Journey” has he calls it is indeed Hugo’s visual representation of what it is to live with bipolar disorder.
A documentary that takes us back to somewhere we’ve all been before at some point and time; the unknown.
We see a young 25 years old in the mist of the chaos of a world pandemic packing his bags and taking a flight to the land where he will be born again; India.
The first few seconds really set the tone.
Hugo doesn’t shy away from what it is to deal with mental issues from the get go.
He breaks it down, minutes by minutes, months for months and how he copes with it since he was diagnosed in 2013.
What was touching to me was the fact that he took the diagnosis as an opportunity to rediscover himself as a man rather than alienating himself like most people do.
Combine that with the spiritual dimension which is all so present in India and the different teachings they have to offer and there you have it, a journey.
We see him talk to spiritual leaders, we see him experiencing the local traditions and take part in all kinds of ceremonies.
Nothing is left undiscussed. As he’s going through it, he explains and breaks down how he’s feeling through the journey. And what a journey it is.
a journey for rediscovery, a journey to redefine what is life, what it is to be a quote unquote ”good and functioning person”.
I’m never the guy to spoil it for the audience but this documentary to me is literally an open book to Hugo’s mind.
The scenes are introspective, deep with the right montages to bring the story to life.
Strangely enough, I’ve left the screening feeling envious of him.
Not for the amazing trips, landscape and the cultural stuffs that come with it.
More so, I’ve found myself admiring his high self awareness.
His ability to put in words how he feels and see the world. Especially for the fact that his lens are completely different than mine and everyone I know.
Overall, it made understand and realize that what we commonly judge and perceive as a ”disease” is more like a super power, to use Hugo’s words.
For almost an hour, the doc took me somewhere where I don’t have to think about lockdowns and my untimely demise.
It’s just somewhere where the people turns inward instead outward for guidance.
No wonder why this doc is currently making his rounds in foreign film festivals; it’s a gem.
If you’re into content that makes you smile, cringe, reflect and potentially cry at the same time, ”The 108 Journey” is for you.
If you want to see it, it will be released the 28th on Hugo’s social media platforms.
Myraï Lavoie Is Taking The Fashion World By Storm With The Glitch Fashion Show
Myraï Lavoie Is Creating Her Own Universe And You’re Invited
What I appreciate the most about my work is the fact that I get to meet great minds & humans with a powerful story and this time around, I got to cross path with the talented Myraï Lavoie.
The city has been quiet fashion wise over the years and as platform that mostly talked about fashion in its inception, we’ve felt it the most over here.
There would be sparks of hope here and there but besides Festival De Mode & Design, not a lot of things really stood out.
When I heard about ”The Glitch” it’s like I knew what it was about without nothing what it was about.
I mean good branding is good branding but it was more so who’s behind the good branding this time around. I had the chance to work with Myraï Lavoie in the past and one thing I can is : there’s a method to her madness.
Every artist has an eye and that eye is shaped by our views of the world and life experiences. Myraï had an interesting life.
One where being different is actually the move. One where if you don’t fit somewhere, you don’t try to get in the mold, you bend it.
For all the lack of support or misunderstand she got in Montreal, she found a place to be creative working or being in room with the likes of Paris Hilton & P. Diddy to name a few.
What she’s learned from coming out of her shell and experiencing the world she’s about the share it with us with her own fashion called ”The Glitch” tonight.
”The Glitch” is exactly what I thought it was going to be. A standout experience and experience and something you’ve never seen before just like its creator.
The 50th Anniversary Of Les Grands Explorateurs Presents A Touching Documentary Exploring Africa And Its Wonders
An Amazing Story by Amazing Creators!
Les Grands Explorateurs Is Celebrating Africa In A Real Way!
Curiosity has to be the most incredible human quality there is and Les Grands Explorateurs has been putting it on the forefront for the past 50 years!
We are now entering an era where we want to know more about what is going on on the other side of the world.
How people are living, their culture and what is their reality compared to ours.
Sometimes the depiction of such reality is either unfair or made to look down at somebody. Other times, filmmakers have the challenge to depict a reality in a way to uplift what other cultures are bringing to the table.
Milan Bihlmann and Muammer Yilmaz are two filmmakers who know where they stand when it comes to that.
”Rêves D’Afrique” is the epidemy of that. The two filmmakers decided to go to 7 countries in Africa to not only paint the picture for the world but to give the good people out there something we forget to give one another : ”a piece of yourself’.
Armed with a backpack, film gear and true altruism, the duo spread love and good deeds wherever they could throughout their trip.
Watch The Trailer
Les Grands Explorateurs being this platform to uncover the world made the right choice by adding this beautiful piece to their program.
Up until November 1st, you still have the chance to see the beautiful piece in theater and then online starting November 2nd.
Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais: An Unlikely Journey For An Unlikely Unique Success Story
A Change Is Coming…Finally?
I grew up in the 90’s and although we can only realize it now but seeing people like Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais striving in a space where not a lot of us do is what was missing this whole time.
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The thing about representation is that you won’t know you need it until you need it. As most of us were just looking at society, we didn’t see ourselves but also normalized it.
I think Isabelle saw something that we couldn’t see in ourselves. The truth is not at the extreme it’s right in the middle. The intersection between being different but also a part of the ecosystem was what she saw.
Representation is not about doing what’s right because it’s right but more so because it needs to be done.
Starting her career in the public sector wasn’t a thrill anymore. Then she did some soul searching and probably came to the conclusion we all come to at some point in our existence:
Life Is A Joke
For her it was literal though. She figured out that humor and the business around it was her calling so what was the first step? Becoming a comedian herself and teach a thing or two to Dave Chappelle?
What about producing your own show with up and coming artists? Well, for Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais the start of this new chapter was simple as getting a non-paid internship.
Just For Laughs became her new home and with that started her mission to be at the forefront of what the landscape in comedy was to become.
Through thick and thin, work and dedication, intuition and know-how, she pulled through and the big way too!
Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais became the director of ZooFest. With her pulse on the scene, she fought and pushed for upcoming talents that are more than just tanned.
We’re seeing more BIPOCs getting a chance on stage and I would like to believe that this is just the beginning.
Speaking of ZooFest, if you want to see for yourself how this festival has grown in diversity and get a good kick out of it. You still have the opportunity to do so tomorrow as the last day of the celebration
With french performers like Lenny M’Bunga, AZ, Marine Ella, Meryem Benoua, Ayoub Marceau & Hugo.
Live podcasting will also be a part of the last run of the show. In the corner of Jeanne-Mance & Maisonneuve, you can can get a good view, a good potential date, you get to see greatness in all shapes, size or color AND of course a good laugh!
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