Introducing Sandra J. Mathieu, creator of the new web series REINE.
This past January 22nd marked a first in French-Canadian TV. The web serie REINE – («QUEEN» in English) websérie, starring four black women in leading roles premiered. The fruit of Sandra J. Mathieu’s imagination, a black woman herself, the web serie follows these four strong and smart women as they go about their lives in a society that often misunderstands them, and at times, leads them to hide their real identity.
We reached out to Ms. Mathieu on the webserie and her future plans. Here’s what she had to say.
How did the idea come about?
The idea to create REINE – la websérie came from my desire to see recognize myself in today’s French Canadian TV. Like many, I too was tired of seeing the same faces and hearing the same stories in French-speaking tv shows. And as a black woman, I would find us underrepresented or misrepresented in today’s TV. I thus wanted to put an emphasis on black women in the webserie.
What message do you want to convey with the webserie and the impact you want created?
I want to show black women on another angle, give them a voice. Today’s media prefer pointing fingers to whatever is wrong in our community, when the good things go unnoticed in the sea of negativity. I want us to be able to identify with the characters and when watching an episode, that it can not only entertain but also make us think on the social issues tackles in the serie.
Do you plan on directing other similar projects in parallel to REINE?
Yes, I believe there are many stories to tell, through the perspective of black characters in leading roles. We would like to create the male version, or the black male perspective, but always with the goal to show positivity without stereotypes. We also want to explore other cultural communities.
When can we expect the next episode?
For now, we publish one épisode every month, however gradually as we produce more episodes, we will publish more frequently.
Watch the trailer here
Watch the first episode