A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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NFB launches online photo and video essay Le poids d'une voix – 30 électeurs pour raconter la démocratie

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Available in French only



Press release


Montreal, August 4, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is putting Le poids d'une voix – 30 électeurs pour raconter la démocrati e online at onf.ca/30electeurs. This French photo and video essay focusing on the Quebec elections, which were announced yesterday, is available on the Web and all mobile platforms. A new voter portrait will be presented each day during the campaign (except Sundays) as a means of exploring the democratic process: Is it something that occurs only on voting day, or on every day of the year? How is it manifested? Le poids d'une voix marks the renewal of the NFB's partnership with the daily Le Devoir and is the fifth in a series of interactive essays that have come out since fall 2011. It can also be accessed at ledevoir.com/30electeurs. The paper version of Le Devoir will feature a different voter's photo each day in addition to referring to the online essay. Jérémie Battaglia is in charge of direction and photography and Dominique Willieme is the NFB producer.

Playing on expectations and preconceived notions

Le poids d'une voix is both artistic and citizen-oriented. In all, the project will feature 30 portraits comprising photos and video interviews of about two minutes in length. Most Quebec regions and political leanings will be represented. Before viewing each voter portrait, users are invited to speculate on who the person will vote for on September 4, basing their guess on such minimal information as a picture of the person and their first name, age, profession and city. The voter's political allegiances are only revealed at the end of the video... and they can sometimes be surprising. The essay challenges expectations and preconceived notions while enabling citizens to speak out and express how they view democracy and relate to the voting process.

In addition to Jérémie Battaglia and Dominique Willieme, the creative team includes sound designer Antoine Bédard (Montag), researcher Anne-Marie Archambault and the Deux Huit Huit Web design and development agency.

The director and photographer

Jérémie Battaglia was born in southern France in 1983. After training as a cameraman, he worked on documentaries and feature films in France for several years while simultaneously working as a photographer. He moved to Montreal in 2009 and has taken a special interest in social and political issues. He covered the spring 2012 student movement from its earliest stages via photo stories and videos. He has also worked as a photographer and director in various fields in Montreal's artistic community. In April 2012, he made 20 + 12, une partie de campagne, a Web documentary on the French elections that inspired Le poids d'une voix.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.


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Quebec City


Claire Strunck, Publicist for the NFB
Telephone: 514-632-2472
E-mail: claire@comclaire.com

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications , NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca