Vanaka Chhem-Kieth and Manuel Abellan win a Forces Avenir Award

(Photo: Annie Girard, teacher at Ecole internationale de Montréal, and Manuel Abellan, member of the Cambodian Working Group)

Last week, on November 10th, Vanaka Chhem-Kieth and Manuel Abellan won a Forces Avenir Award for their "Regard sur le Chili" project.

"To attain their goal, the five students from four Montréal universities (Concordia, McGill, Université de Montréal and UQAM) invited Secondary 5 students from the twentieth century history class at École internationale de Montréal to help them produce a short film and an art exhibition. By filming interviews with Chileans now living in Québec, they wanted to draw a parallel between the highly emotional and subjective popular history recounted by those who lived under the dictatorship and the history portrayed in the country’s textbooks, which is more emotionally detached and fraught with a concern for remaining objective."

Congratulations to all!