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Pierre Elliott Trudeau:

SACHA: Quiet young man prefers to remain on the other side of the camera
The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, October 4, 2000

MONTREAL -- Born like his older brother Justin on Christmas Day, Sacha Trudeau has always been the quiet one among the children of Pierre Trudeau.

His mother, Margaret, described him as the most introverted of her children, and so, while Justin openly wept throughout the state funeral of his father, Sacha, 26, maintained in public a stoic, composed face.

It was no surprise either that it was Justin, not Sacha, who stepped forward yesterday to deliver a heartfelt, passionate eulogy.

The more impassive Sacha read earlier in the mass from the fourth chapter of the Book of Daniel.

Similarly, on Monday at Montreal City Hall, where their father lay in state, a red-eyed Justin bent down and kissed the casket, while Sacha just touched it with his palm, a small, kindly smile across his face.

While his father lived in the limelight, and Justin has entered it when necessary, the two most famous quotes Sacha ever gave the press were to ask them to stay away.

"The press is a pest," the six-year-old boy told journalists travelling with his father in the Middle East in 1980. "Because you go after my father. You just get everything mixed up."

After 18 years of keeping a low profile, he re-emerged in 1998 to ask the media to give his family some space as they mourned the death of his younger brother Michel in an avalanche in B.C.

"There is nothing really public about me being here. I'm just a heartbroken brother, hoping to bring Micha's [Michel's] body back to my family," he told reporters at a helicopter hangar in Nelson, B.C., near where his brother had disappeared in an avalanche. "As you all understand, I'm sure it's a lot of pain for my family so I would ask you to respect our peace. Thank you."

Sacha prefers to remain on the other side of the camera. He served for a time in the Canadian Forces, graduated from McGill University with a degree in philosophy and is an accomplished filmmaker.

Sacha, whose first names are actually Alexandre Emmanuel, has made documentaries on the civil war in Liberia and on the aftermath of the bombing of Yugoslavia. His work has appeared on CBC Television's The Magazine and Culture Shock.

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