alexandre (sacha) trudeau is the second son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau. He graduated from McGill University with a philosophy degree in 1997. Upon completing his studies, he co-directed an experimental film about the Liberian civil war called Liberia: The Secret War, which premiered in French at the Vues d'Afrique festival in Montreal in April 1997. From 1999 to 2000, Trudeau worked as a video-journalist for the bilingual CBC Newsworld/RDI program Culture Shock/Culture Choc, during which time he primarily reported on Canadian aboriginal issues.
In subsequent years, he has done independent television and magazine reporting from Chechnya, Haiti, Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Israel. In 2003, he produced and directed the documentary Embedded in Baghdad, which was shot over the six weeks during the U.S.-led war on Iraq while he lived with a middle-class Iraqi family. Trudeau went on to produce The Fence in 2004, where he again focused on capturing family life in a conflict zone by living with two families on opposing sides of the newly erected security barrier between Israel and the Palestinian territories. His most recent documentary, Secure Freedom, examined Canada’s detention of suspected 9/11 terrorists; it aired on CTV in September 2006. In addition to running his own filmmaking company, Juju Films, Trudeau is also a contributing editor at Maclean’s and serves on the board of directors of both the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation and Canada World Youth.
In the summer and fall of 2006, Alexandre Trudeau spent two months in China, travelling and retracing his father’s 1960 visit to the country in order to write the introduction and epilogue to the new edition of Two Innocents in Red China. He lives with his partner and family in Montreal.
Festivals: 2007 (spring)