Young people who fully assume their difference and who are free are showcased in the series We got therewhich lands on Unis TV this Friday.
Carried by animators Vanessa Duchel, Jordan Dupuis and Anne-Lovely Étienne, the 10 episodes offer models to young people (and not so young), in order to encourage them to embrace their singularity or quite simply who they are.
Viewers will thus be able to see that they are not alone in their way of living and being, as TV sends us less and less of a standardised, formatted and homogeneous image. Fortunately, moreover, and some will say that it was high time.
In the series produced by Roméo & fils and directed by Xavier Havitov and Gabriel Lajournade, it is particularly about body image, religion, spirituality, gender identity, entrepreneurship, environment and sexuality. A theme is put forward per episode, through which each animator meets a protagonist.
In all, 30 young people between the ages of 14 and 25 take part in the game. They are courageous insofar as they go for it without worrying about the gaze of others. They are uninhibited, strong and ambitious to maintain their high happiness index, their balance too. Teens, young adults and older people will find examples of success and people who don’t have the time, nor the interest, to worry about the judgment of others.
Singer and content creator Vanessa Duchel lacked inspiring role models in her youth, she who was always plump. By participating in this series, the 34-year-old woman has added tools to her trunk and continues, months after the end of filming, to be inhabited by the encounters she has made, so much she has been inspired by young people.
“We got there, the proof being that there are young people who assume more and more, there are young people who trust themselves despite the standards of beauty. It’s really important to have role models. When I was young, my only role model was Sarah Michelle Gellar in buffy the vampire slayerI really wanted to be there, but it would have been impossible at that time to have a fat girl who fights against vampires,” said Vanessa Duchel, who was approached by Jordan Dupuis and Anne-Lovely Étienne, whose We got there is the original idea.
The team has multiplied meetings in Montreal, Quebec, as well as in several regions of La Belle Province, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.
“The young people I met for the series are so fired up, they have a lot of ideas, they have a lot of hope, whereas me at their age – we didn’t have access to as many models as today with the internet. – I did not have access to models. The only way out was to become thin, ”she added, saying she was more and more confident, she who restricted herself in her life because of her weight, especially in sport. “It takes a detachment from what society imposes on us.”
Vanessa Duchel, who was revealed to Star Academy in 2009, made a whirlwind appearance in the film Bungalow, of Lawrence Cote-Collins. She continues to create web content, in addition to developing a web series on the LGBTQ+ community and working on a podcast on the “worst dates”.
The first episode ofWe got there airs Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m., on Unis TV. The project is completed by a six-episode podcast that will be available on Radio-Canada OHdio.
Unis TV’s “We are there” series: making different young models shine