If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them,
at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.
― Junot Díaz
Who Cares – The Movie
Since taking global development in university, my work and my life has surrounded social justice which starts with education. With a career in filmmaking, I am simply combining art with my personal hopes and desires of creating awareness to inspire change. My secret dream has always been to produce movies. Like a little girl who wants to be a ballerina, I went to movies and sat through all the credits until my hero, Kathleen Kennedy’s name would come up. I sat there in the dark and I thought to myself, “why can’t that be me?”. Then I would return to my regularly scheduled life of running a children’s education charity. My vision is to create films that take people on a journey. Films that inspire – films that make change. I am working on several projects but the one that extends from my desire to educate and bring down barriers to social justice where it relates to our indigenous peoples is Who Cares. This film, based on true events, is meant to enlighten and bring awareness to the overrepresentation of abuse against native women which has led to countless Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Stay tuned for more details – Coming Soon!
A painting by Jonathan Labillois
The name of the painting is “Still Dancing”. Dancers dance for those who cannot, the sick, the elders, and those who are gone. It’s like all those women are still dancing through her. I would like to thank my little sister Cheryl who came up with the name.
The painting measures 4ft x 5ft and was created with acrylic and mixed media on canvas. I used my Facebook friend Bertafly KaKinoosit as the model for this. I tried not to make it look too much like her but people recognized her anyway.
I decided to donate this painting to the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter. My goal is to raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada. I hope sharing this painting with others will bring this issue into the minds of people everywhere and that none of our sisters, mothers, aunts or daughters will ever be forgotten.
I hope to make some prints of this piece available to everyone soon.
– Jonathan Labillois 2015