A group of diverse community members joined artist, author, film maker and activist Jeannette Tossounian who was debuting her exposé on life in one of Ottawa Community Housings’ more notorious projects located in the Golden Triangle. “125 Mcleod – a documentary” walks the audience through the challenges of residents living in a property with many pest issues, social issues; a community within a community struggling to have it’s collective voice heard. Jeannette Tossounian through her lens, creative interpretation, editorial selection succeeded in turning up the volume on an important subject.
The film ran approximately 40 minutes with a spirited discussion taking place with the film maker and the 80 or so audience members who discussed the politically charged issues of affordable housing. A guest appearance was mayoral hopeful Clive Doucet, who spoke very candidly about some of the challenges facing politicians and potential solutions that he felt he could implement. Mr. Doucet was very thankful to Ms. Tossounian for the creation of the documentary as he commented on the truth and reality in the way the content was presented.
Additional screenings are in the works for the talented Tossounian who has definitely delivered on her historical reputation for creating inspired and important works of art. The documentary project was entirely funded by donations made to the film maker by members of the local community. Jeannette Tossounian was essentially hired as a trusted journalistic source to uncover truth about life of people who are important members of our community; the residents of 125 Mcleod.
For more information on upcoming projects, screenings and ways to contribute contact Jeannette Tossounian.
Trailer of 125 Mcleod:
Highlights of the Screening
There will be another screening.
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Jeannette Tossounian has a captivating style and honest delivery in her way of bearing her heart to her audience. Jeannette’s story of winning many battles as an independent woman against the establishment proves anyone could make anything happen if they truly believe in themselves. She has inspired many to gain confidence and control and start fighting for what they know is right. To book Jeannette Tossounian at your next event please contact a member of the team.
I got back today from court after a 5 day trial. I was found guilty. I defended myself and as far as I’m concerned, I did an excellent job. There was absolutely no evidence against me, so the judge convicted me because I was calm when I was arrested and therefore it shows that I am guilty. I bet if I was crying I would have been labelled mentally insane and convicted for that as well. I’m damned if I do; damned if I don’t. I’m going to track down a real lawyer, a Toronto one, and appeal.
I’ve been here since February 15 at Vanier Centre for Women in Milton. It’s time I start writing my shit down.”
These popular published jail journals written by Jeannette Tossounian could be found on the bookshelves of every major justice institution in Canada and beyond. Jeannette takes the reader through an extreme time of trials and tribulations for the Artist and Author as she sat wrongfully convicted of a crime, forced to do her time by an unjust and uncaring system.
“Songs from the Slammer” was Jeannette Tossounian’s first book published after she was released from jail after serving her sentence for the Arson of her uninsured art gallery in St. Catharines, Ontario. Visit Ankle Bone Books for more information or to purchase your copy today!
“Crooked Corrections” is a collection of Essays, Sketches, Letters and other important artifacts that Jeannette was able to take out of the notorious Vanier Centre for Women and the now delapidated OCDC Innes Rd Ottawa Facility.
This is Jeannette’s most recent title published in May of 2018 and celebrated internationally with a tour including stops in London, England, Paris, France, Halifax & Sydney, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Quebec, Moncton, New Brunswick and Chartlottetown, Prince Edward Island.