About 5 years ago, Jordan Dupuis and Anne-Lovely Étienne had the idea of moving away from fiction for young people with a documentary TV magazine. This summer they are filming for We have arriveda project for Unis TV that is close to their hearts because they can meet young people from Quebec and the rest of Canada whom they wish they had as role models.
“When we were teenagers, we didn’t have any inspirational role models. We didn’t have anything around us,” says Jordan Dupuis, one of the show’s creators and animators, but also a content producer.
Jordan Dupuis, a victim of homophobia and struggling with an eating disorder, hosts this show with Anne-Lovely Étienne, who has experienced racism, and Vanessa Dumouchel, “a girl who embraces her ‘gayness’ and her physical diversity.”
Firmly rooted in the reality of 2022, We have arrived confronted the headmaster concerned with some of his prejudices and concerns.
Immersion, interview and challenge
Among other things, he met a 16-year-old tranny who, like him, had a mastectomy, but who, unlike him, reveals the changes to his body on social networks. That’s why he took inspiration from it and even went so far as to star in a photo shoot by his side.
“There’s this desire to understand the new generation, what drives them, to be inspired by it and to make a generational change,” says Jordan.
Each episode of the magazine will feature an immersion, an interview and a challenge. The sport revolves around a game of “full contact” roller derby for women, features the Quebec Bulldogs wheelchair basketball team and features the province’s youngest male cheerleader.
The authenticity that emanates from the young people they meet is a personality trait Jordan admires.
“These young people are uncompromising. They don’t react against older generations, they don’t care. They have just arrived. I tried talking to the 16-year-old about transphobia but he didn’t experience it. At his school in Sherbrooke there are four trans people with an LGBT committee. »
A great strength
With this show he wants to create a dialogue between the generations and hopes that today’s youth can recognize their group power.
“We want young people to remember that they are the vector of change and that they are not alone. What makes them unique is their strength. That gets her going. »
The team of We have arrived shoots for a few more weeks. The 10 30-minute episodes of the show will be offered by Unis TV next spring. A podcast series and digital capsules complete the offer.