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The holdup of my freedom

Marie-Claude Fournier / 2014 / 52 min. / Canada / FRENCH


While living in the same HLM, Jay, Jersey and Gerald committed a series of armed robberies that had a serious impact on their teenage life. Now young adults, they show willingness to avoid falling back into the vicious circle of crime.

The Hold up of my freedom is the meeting of the three young men with a group of students from their old high school to discuss their history, the obstacles they encountered and share ideas for reflection on their respective experiences. With his sincere and touching testimonies, he draws a realistic and current portrait of youth crime.

Cast & Crew

Direction: Marie-Claude Fournier
Screenplay: Marie-Claude Fournier, Émilie Poisson, Véronique Lisi
Direction of photography: Sofiane Belaid
Editing: Marie-Claude Fournier
Sound: Marie-Claude Fournier, Marie-Pierre Grenier
Mixing sound: Marie-Pierre Grenier, Benoit Coallier




Youth, Education and teaching, Social reintegration



Before focusing on documentary, Marie-Claude Fournier worked for more than ten years in the television world, invested photography and traveled for more than a year from Europe to Asia. Following his stint in the documentary production program at L'inis in 2010, several of his short documentaries are selected at international festivals. Recipient of Fonds TV5 2012, she produced and co-produced the webdocumentary MY STATES * NORDIQUES, a TV5 Québec coproduction and Productions Pied-de-Biche. The work was awarded the Gemini prize for the best interactive documentary produced for the web in 2013. In 2014, with its collaborator Anne Laguë, she won a CALQ scholarship to develop the short documentary Femme Centaure presented on the website. The Cultural Factory. Marie-Claude Fournier also devotes part of her time to cultural mediation by collaborating with Wapikoni Mobile, RIDM and The Harmony Project. It was during a collaboration with this organization that she made the medium of intervention The Hold Up of My Freedom. In the fall of 2014, Marie-Claude left Quebec again to work with the Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti, where she mentored through the production of corporate projects. Always a step between the here and the elsewhere, she continues the realization of a documentary on the course of a young athlete of Montreal.


Dans la cour / min.

Femme centaure / min.

Le Meilleur des deux mondes / min.

Mes États nordiques / min.

Le Poids de la ressemblance / min.


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