I Speak Français


Region: Quebec

Year of Production: 2018

Duration: 60 minutes

In a Quebec that is often perceived as being torn between francophones and anglophones, the I Speak Français documentary presents the perspective of the province’s youngest generation on the preservation of their French mother tongue. A generation that has not shared in the struggles of those that came before for the survival of a people and their language, that often expresses itself by naturally mixing the words of both official languages in the same way Canada’s current prime minister does, that was rocked in its cradle to the sounds of American words and music, and is a major consumer of English-language media. While speaking French is one of the fundamental characteristics of the Quebec identity, young people today have an ambiguous and paradoxical relationship with the language. I Speak Français sets out to meet them where they live and to answer the all-important question: What is the relationship between 18-to-24-year-old Quebecers and the language of Molière?