My friend Gil
Creating a web series based on ordinary life
This series hopes to do something different; it grounds itself in ordinary, everyday life, thereby revealing Gil’s extraordinary presence.
In a culture that is constantly seeking change and novelty, Gil’s capacity to remain joyful in his very simple life is exceptional. This reflects the reality of many other people with intellectual disabilities.
The series’ creator, Manu, meets Gil in a community space called the Dépanneur Sylvestre. As Gil washes the floor, cuts vegetables and washes dishes, he works with enthusiasm. Apart from a word every now and then, the two barely speak.
By offering presence to each other, without having to say anything, a mutual appreciation blossoms.
From the ordinary, something extraordinary breaks through. Friendship is freely given through a simple sharing of presence.
MonAmiGil-3-En from L'Arche Canada on Vimeo.
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Project initiator: Gil Frois
Filming: Voices and Colors New Media
Production: Jean Vanier Association
Web series adaptation: L'Arche Canada
Filming and dissemination partners: L'Arche Agapè and Association des Arches du Québec