Standing on the Line

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Film Info
Programme:Cana-Doc
Release Year/Année de sortie:2019
Run Time/Durée:80 Minutes
Original Language/Langue originale:English
Country/Origine:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director/Réalisateur:Paul Émile d'Entremont
Acknowledgements
Distributed By/Distribué par:National Film Board of Canada

Description

While a handful of athletes in the sports hall of fame are openly and proudly gay, in a culture that prizes virility, toughness, and heterosexuality, the pressure to perform can be compounded by the further strain of deciding whether or not to come out of the closet. Standing on the Line sets out to break the code of silence that reigns in amateur and professional sports. We meet Canadian speed skater Anastasia Bucsis, who represented Canada in Sochi; former Montreal Impact player David Testo; and hockey personalities like Brock McGillis, the first pro goalie to come out publicly, and Brendan Burke, whose 2009 coming out rocked the world of pro sports. Burke’s tragic death the following year sparked the creation of You Can Play, a campaign advocating tolerance and inclusion for which his brother Patrick and his father—hockey legend Brian Burke—are the proud ambassadors. Hoping to change things for tomorrow’s athletes, they’re slowly breaking through the last taboo: homophobia in sports.

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Ce documentaire sur l’homophobie dans les sports explore la difficulté de manifester son orientation sexuelle et les conséquences d’une telle expression de soi au sein de cet univers machiste. Au moyen d’une série de récits personnels émouvants, le film examine le phénomène de l’homophobie à la fois dans les sports d’élite et parmi les étudiants-athlètes, en particulier ceux de l’école L’Odyssée à Moncton (Nouveau-Brunswick), qui favorise la diversité et l’inclusion. Ce documentaire nous amène à rencontrer la patineuse de vitesse Anastasia, l'ancien joueur de l'Impact de Montréal David Testo et les hockeyeurs Brock McGillis et Brendan Burke. Ce dernier a entre autres collaboré à la création de You Can Play, une campagne prônant la tolérance et l'inclusion.

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