French (Available subtitled in French)
Year of Production: 2019
Duration: 42 minutes
Restorative justice is a concept inspired by Indigenous collective justice. It connects the victim of a crime with a prisoner who has committed the same crime against someone else, as well as a representative of the community. Through the process of open communication, it seeks to help everyone rise above tragedies that have affected them for a long time.
The film tells the stories of three female victims of serious sexual assaults, two of them when they were just children. They tell what this experience has taught them, while the person they’re speaking to takes full responsibility for the crime, helping to free the victims from many years of underlying guilt and self-contempt. Even convicted murderers were able to regain some of their dignity in the process. Victims and prisoners, not knowing what to expect in advance, often find that an environment of violence and suffering is at the root of what they experienced in the aftermath of their incident. Community representatives also attest to the impact of the meetings they’ve attended and the importance of their presence to the extent that society as a whole bears its share of responsibility.
In addition to these emotionally charged moments and remarks, we also meet officials from the Centre de services de justice réparatrice who orchestrated the meetings: Estelle Drouvin, the coordinator, Line Bernier, a retired psychologist from Correctional Service Canada who acts as facilitator, and Raoul Lincourt, the organization’s founding president.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Aetios Productions Inc.