Luc Côté has been directing and producing films since the age of 14, traveling extensively around the world to make social documentaries that capture the human spirit.
In the early 80s, he founded his first production company in New York, On Track Video. In 1986, he moved back to Montreal and, with Robbie Hart, launched Adobe Productions. Together they produced and directed more than 30 films including two award-winning documentary series: Turning 16 and Rainmakers. Turning 16, a series about teenagers filmed in Africa, Asia and South America, has been broadcast in more than 40 countries and received several national and international awards, including the prestigious Japan Prize sponsored by the NHK TV network and a Gémeaux Award from The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
In 2005, he directed Operation Homecoming/Crash Landing, a film about post-traumatic stress disorder within the Canadian army. It created a passionate debate in Canada and helped raise awareness leading to changes within the army. It was shown in many festivals around the world and won several awards including an Honorable Mention for Best Canadian Documentary at the Hot Docs Toronto Festival in 2005. Luc has also directed films for other production companies, including Cirque du Soleil, Macumba International, Virage and Erezi Productions.
In 2010, he co-directed, with Patricio Henriquez, You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo, a feature-length documentary that uses security camera footage from Guantánamo Bay prison to show the interrogation of Omar Khadr, then just 16 years told, by a Canadian intelligence officer over a period of four days. To date it has won 10 documentary film awards, most notably the prestigious Special Jury award from the IDFA.
Praise for You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo:
“If this documentary doesn’t fill you with sorrow, fury and revulsion, then democracy, human rights and justice are hollow words and we belong in the same moral dead zone as fanatics who oppress and destroy in the name of faith.” —The Toronto Star
“Painfully stark yet utterly magnetic. Briefly illuminating what one commenter calls the ‘legal black hole’ of Guantánamo Bay, ‘You Don’t Like the Truth’ cleverly employs voyeuristic techniques to unveil hidden atrocities.” —The New York Times
“Watching waterboarding would be less horrible than this. A gut-wrenching film.” —The Guardian
Dr. Janine Sagert’s life has uniquely equipped her to help tell the story of combat veterans suffering from PTSD and their transformative healing journeys with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and medical marijuana. She brings to the role of Content Producer an uncommon blend of formal education, professional achievement, and personal experience that is infused with her indomitable spirit.
“It broke my heart to learn that so many of our veterans are experiencing PTSD and that most of them are not getting relief from their suffering,” she says. “Twenty-two veteran suicides a day! This is truly a national disgrace. I had to do something to help, especially knowing that in the course of my life I had accumulated the skills, experience, and knowledge to do so.”
Her own backstory provides many points of connection and empathy with veterans. Dr. Sagert’s father was a career army officer, so she grew up on military bases around the world. She’s a psychologist whose extensive academic career focused on clinical psychology and anthropology, including how various elements of culture influence mental health.
And she has had personal experience of psychedelics that were profoundly transformative, leading her to a lifelong dedication to exploring and expanding her own consciousness through spiritual practices such as self-inquiry and meditation. She’s even gone where precious few Western women have gone before: to remote areas in the Himalayas to live and study with a variety of yogis, further deepening her direct experience of higher states of consciousness.
Dr. Sagert earned a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in “Culture and Mental Health” with a specialty in Altered States of Consciousness and Psychological Resilience. She also spent two years as part of a Harvard University School of Public Health research team investigating stress factors around the world. In 1976, Dr. Sagert founded Time Out, Inc. and subsequently provided pioneering consulting and coaching services to a wide spectrum of organizations in the areas of stress management, leadership, and optimal performance. She’s conducted more than 1,000 seminars and coached more than 500 executives in companies across the U.S. as well as in Europe and Asia, among them Dell, Motorola, Dow Jones, and The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Even while achieving success and acclaim in academia and corporate boardrooms, Dr. Sagert’s heart and humanity have frequently called her to serve at-risk people “in the streets,” such as working in the inner city of Houston to apply neurofeedback as a tool to help crack cocaine addicts overcome their dependence on drugs. Through it all, Dr. Sagert has remained dedicated to expanding her own awareness, elevating her consciousness, and developing her capacity to connect with, care for, and help people from all walks of life.
Filming for From Shock to Awe began mid-October 2015, when we followed The Cannaball Run for Vets from L.A. to Washington, D.C.. In April 2016, we joined veterans Ryan LeCompte, Michael Cooley, and Matt Kahl as Cooley and Kahl embarked on their first ayahuasca ceremonies. And in June, we filmed Fabian Henry and his group, Marijuana for Trauma. We—and the veterans—are counting on your support to make this film and spread the word about using psychedelic medicines to heal PTSD. Your donation is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, the non-profit MAPS. Please click the button below and give whatever you can!
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