Canadian Premiere

Le balai libéré

In the 1970s, cleaning ladies from the Catholic University of Louvain threw out their employer and founded Le Balai Libéré, a cleaning cooperative. Decades later, today's staff question the relevance of bossless work by meeting these pioneers. 


In the 1970s, the cleaning women of the Catholic University of Louvain show their boss the door and create their cleaning cooperative, "Le Balai Libéré" (The Liberated Broom). Fifty years later, the cleaning staff of UCLouvain meets the workers of yesteryear: working without a boss, is it still an option?

Theme(s): , Democracy, Economy, Feminism, Work


Director | , Coline Grando
Year | , 2023
Country | , Belgium
Duration | 88 minutes
Original language | , French
Image | Hélène Motteau
Sound | Hélène Clerc-Denizot
Editing | Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel
Production | Cyril Bibas



Coline Grando


Born in France, Coline Grando earned a master's degree in Directing from the Institute of Broadcasting Arts in 2015, with her final student film, a fiction short called Les Saisons (The Seasons). She directed her first documentary film, La Place de l’homme (The Place of Man), produced by the Brussels Video Center in 2017. In 2019, she continued exploring the theme of abortion, this time from the perspective of the doctors who perform it, with Les mains des femmes (The Hands of Women), a film commissioned by the Secular Federation of Family Planning Centers and the CVB.



9 July 2024 at 21h10

Parc du Pélican 

A discussion with Mathilde Linossier, Communications and Community Life Coordinator of Reseau COOP, will follow the screening.

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