In Montreal, sex work, drug use and homelessness are found in the district bound by the streets of St. Denis, De Lorimier, Viger and Sherbrooke. This is where Épopée emerged. epopee.me consists of a series of short films made in collaboration with drug users and sex workers living and working in a part of town that has come to be dedicated to the excluded.
The website is made up of stories—nine Fictions and thirteen Trajets—written and filmed in collaboration with male sex workers. For Épopée, cinema (writing, shooting, editing and screening) becomes an emancipatory tool for the building of community.
These films are not simply portraits, whether real or fictional, of their protagonists: instead they combine to paint a highly emotional and political impression of our first world, its structure and the segregation on which it is based.