Le Projet Imagine makes a splash in Asia!

Le Projet Imagine makes a splash in Asia!


Le Projet Imagine makes a splash in Asia!


From March 17th to March 23rd, Frédérique Bedos visited Hong Kong and Singapore as part of the Semaine de la Francophonie, a week-long celebration of the French-speaking space.

A great opportunity to highlight Le Projet Imagine at the other end of the world!

3 intense days in Hong Kong

Landing in Hong Kong and with not a minute wasted, Frédérique Bedos was honored to be a guest speaker at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCC), a prestigious club for top international journalists (NY Times, Reuters , BBC, South China Morning Post, Le Monde, etc.). In her talk on “Why is it an emergency to do Journalism of Hope?” Frédérique emphasized the editorial line that is special to the Imagine Project, which is informing with hope in a world that is polluted by fake news, conspiracy thinking and an atmosphere of widespread distrust of whatever comes from officialdom or institutions. Her talk was notice, and was followed by many questions that enabled Frédérique to even address the issue of media impact on radicalization and the fight against terrorism.

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Following this tup-level conference, Hong Kong’s flagship newspaper, the South China Morning Post (SCMP), decided to dedicate a front-page teaser and a full page to Le Projet Imagine – an extraordinary recognition on the part of such a highly respected daily paper.

We warmly thank journalist Kate Whitehead (see picture) for her interest and for this beautiful article (read online version below).





Frédérique Bedos also used the opportunity of this brief stay in Hong Kong to give other talks, including on women’s rights during a screening, followed by a debate, of her film “WOMEN AND MEN” at the Alliance Française of Hong Kong. As always, she liaised with organizations representing France abroad, such as the French Embassy.

3 days of madness in Singapore

Her marathon continued with 4 lectures in 3 days, including a masterclass at INSEAD and a film-debate at the French Lycée of Singapour. The students and their teachers were able to discover the film “WOMEN AND MEN“, as well as our Imagine School program. There were so many requests, that she was unfortunately unable to follow up on all of them … Definitely something to be organized the next time Frédérique comes back to this part of the world!

We are amazed by the interest in Le Projet Imagine on the other side of the world, both among personalities in the Francophone community, in NGOs, institutions and a broad swath of the general public.

This is without a doubt the beginnings of a beautiful base in Asia!

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“Jean vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness” at the National Assembly!

“Jean vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness” at the National Assembly!


“Jean vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness”
at the National Assembly!

April 2019


On Tuesday April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day, Le Projet Imagine was invited to present its latest film, “Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness” at the National Assembly.

Organized by National Assembly Members Béatrice Descamps and Anissa Khedher, Presidents of the study group Handicap Inclusion which includes several dozen National Assembly deputies, and placed under the patronage of Mr. Richard Ferrand , President of the National Assembly, the purpose of the screening was to raise awareness among deputies on the delicate subject of mental handicap.

    « On this International Autism Day, it was important and moving to see this documentary, a living testimony that proves that empathy, humanity and mutual benevolence should be the foundation of human relations between all people. and particularly in the understanding and inclusion of disability. »

Béatrice Descamps
National Assembly Member, UDI Agir and Independants (UAI) of the 21st district of the North

Many MPs had made the trip, such as Agnès Thill and Carole Bureau-Bonnard, representing the Oise, or Pierre Vatin, representing the 5th district of the Oise – where Jean Vanier was from!

The world of politics and NGOs was well represented, with the notable presence of Céline Poulet, Secretary General of the Interministerial Committee on Disability (CIH), Luc Gateau, President of the Unapei.

From left to right: Agnès Thill – National Assembly Member for the Oise, Member of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Education; Anissa Khedher – National Assembly Member for the 7th district of the Rhône; Béatrice Descamps – National Assembly Member of the 21st district for the North and Departmental Councilor; Frédérique Bedos – Founder of the NGO and Director of the film; Luc Gateau – President of Unapei; Celine Poulet – Secretary General of the Interministerial Committee on Disability (CIH)














Review of our Jean Vanier film presentation at the United Nations

Review of our Jean Vanier film presentation at the United Nations


Review of our Jean Vanier film presentation
at the United Nations



A great success for the international premiere of the documentary “Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness” held on October 18th at the UN in New York: There was a crowd that evening before the gates of the venerable institution, and the prestigious ECOSOC room where the screening was organized, the largest room of the United Nations with 600 seats, was full. A standing ovation saluted the film and the immense work that it highlights. The achievement of a great humanist, now 90 years old, who founded l’Arche and dedicated his life to the most vulnerable among us, namely people with mental handicaps.


For this occasion, our NGO decided to organize a major evening event dedicated to mental health in general. To raise awareness as broadly as possible in the general public, we called upon many partners: France, Canada, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Organization of La Francophonie, as well as Belgium, Bahrain and the city of New York all played an active part in the event.

According to studies conducted in 2015 by WHO or the World Bank, some 15% to 20% of the world’s population is affected by mental disorders. We may not be impacted directly, but we inevitably have someone in our close environment (family, friends, co-workers…) who is affected. That is why it is high time to take a fresh look at this phenomenon and to get rid of the taboos which surround it. And who could be better to initiate the discussion on that issue than Jean Vanier, who has been working in this field for more than half a century?

The opening remarks were made by Mr. François Delatte, Ambassador of France to the UN Security Council and Mr. Richard Arbeiter, permanent member of Parliament for Canada and Chair of the Group “Friends of Mental Health”. The focus was on the need, not only to provide support to people with mental and/or psychological problems, but to learn from them. That is the very core of the message that l’Arche conveys all around the world.


Upstream of the film screening, a round table was moderated by Dr. Judy Kuriansky, a Clinical Psychologist with the Faculty of Columbia and expert in mental health services. The round table included Frédérique Bedos, Ms. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of WHO and Ms. Meagan Van Harte, Senior Director of the Office of Community Resilience in the Department of Mental Health in New York city. The aim was to look at current solutions in terms of research, prevention, education and awareness.

The task before us is huge, but our commitment can change everything and can effect a positive change in the lives of people who are ill or handicapped, and more broadly, in all our lives!


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Our Film About Jean Vanier: A Phenomenon

Our Film About Jean Vanier: A Phenomenon


Our film about Jean Vanier:
a phenomenon!



In movie theaters for the 13th consecutive week, “Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness”, has just topped 40 000 admissions and is currently second in Allociné’s list of the best films playing in theaters, according to the audience, just behind the multiple-Oscar-winning “Bohemian Rhapsody” and ahead of the fantastic “Green Book”. What a joy to see that the fabulous story of Jean Vanier, this Mother Teresa of our time, is touching our hearts and gaining an increasingly broad audience!

The film is still playing in theaters in France, Switzerland and Belgium.



Directed by Frédérique Bedos, this documentary pays homage to Jean Vanier, founder of l’Arche. This fervent humanist was once on the verge of a brilliant military career, when he chose instead to give his life over to serving the most vulnerable of us all: people suffering from mental impairment. Jean Vanier decided to live with them in a small house in the village of Trosly Breuil in the Oise. This was the beginning of the adventure. Learn more.

See the trailer.


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