Born in France in 1944, Jean-Daniel Lafond taught philosophy from 1966 to 1971 and wrote film criticism for La Revue du Cinéma. He became a Canadian citizen in 1981 and has since devoted his time to cinema, writing and radio. After working with filmmakers Arthur Lamothe and Pierre Perrault, Lafond rose to international prominence as a leading documentarist. He has since written and directed more than a dozen films that embody his commitment to using creative filmmaking to document the political upheavals of our time. Parallel to his involvement in cinema, Lafond has developed an original body of work for radio (Radio France and CBC Radio-Canada) and published several books on the cinema in French. He co-founded the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival, serving as its president until 2005.
Lafond is married to Michaëlle Jean, the 27th Governor General of Canada, and is actively involved in the responsibilities of his office as Viceregal Consort of Canada.