Claude Jutra and the culture of silence

Journal de Montreal's Lise Ravary sheds light on Quebec-wide reaction to the Claude Jutra pedophilia revelations.
Quebec film director Claude Jutra, left, is no longer alive — but as accusations of pedophilia came to light this week, many are seeking to revive an attempt at justice. (Jacques Nadeau/Canadian Press)

If you didn't already know the name Claude Jutra, you probably know it now. This week, Quebeckers are seeing the late filmmaker in a new light.

On Tuesday, a new Jutra biography mentioned Jutra's sexual interest in underage teenagers. The next day, La Presse published the allegations of a man who says Jutra sexually abused him as a boy, beginning when he was six years old. 

Lise Ravary, a columnist with the Journal de Montreal, joins Shad to talk about the scandal and the upheaval it's caused, from a name change for the Prix Jutra to the removal of his name from streets and parks across the province.


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