Anne Claire Poirier | Let Me Go! | Gazelle Books

Let Me Go!

Anne Claire Poirier

Series: (Essential Poets Series, 138) | Author: Anne Claire Poirier; Translated by Nora Alleyn | ISBN: 155071208X : 9781550712087 | Format: Paperback | Size: 115 x 190mm | Pages: 57 | Weight: .074 Kg. | Published: Guernica Editions – March 2006 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Works by individual poets: from c1900-

Anne Claire Poirier

filmmaker extraordinaire, lost her daughter to heroin. Yanne, aged twenty-six, was strangled. In this haunting text, Poirier unearths her daughter’s past in an effort to understand her, and to understand what pushes young people to risk their lives for the drugs they believe will set them free. This text was read during the film called Let Me Go! (National Film Board).

Anne-Claire Poirier

was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, on June 6, 1932. When she was a child, she told her father that she would be a bishop when she grew up. Instead, she studied law and theatre concurrently, while discovering a passion for film. “My parents believed my future lay in the faculty of law. Back then, law school attracted people who wanted to do something else: to write, to perform in theatre or to work in television.” She went on to become one of the most famous directors in Quebec cinema.

Her first job in radio and television was with Radio-Canada, where she worked as an actor, interviewer, host and scriptwriter. In 1960, she joined the National Film Board (NFB), first as an assistant editor then as an assistant director. She also worked as an actor and appeared in a handful of films. Following this, she directed short films: Stampede (1961), 30 minutes, Mister Plummer (1962), La fin des étés (1964), Les Ludions (1965), L’impôt et tout et tout (1968) and Le savoir-faire s’impose (1971). Shortly after, she graduated to feature films, a privilege usually reserved for men… Please read the complete text here…

In 1996, Anne Claire Poirier directed Tu as crié LET ME GO, a reflection on the underlying meaning of the facts and events surrounding the violent death of her daughter Yanne, a young drug addict murdered two years earlier. The film deeply touched the public when it was shown in commercial release and has also won a number of prestigious awards.

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