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From “so polite” to burning effigies: Why making a film in Canada is a political act

Igniting social change on screen

Jul 19, 2017

Are Canadians really as polite as our reputation suggests? And what role do filmmakers have to play in changing people’s perceptions of politics and society?

Canadian directors Mathieu Denis and Jeff Barnaby, along with American social critic and political activist Noam Chomsky, discuss the relationship between the moving image and social justice, and how giving the spotlight to voices previously unheard and stories untold is fundamental to sparking a movement for change in Canada’s political landscape.

Canada on Screen is a TIFF initiative in co-production with three core project partners — Library and Archives Canada, La Cinémathèque québécoise, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver — for Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. Running throughout the year, this free programme presents moving-image installations, special events and guests, an extensive online catalogue, and screenings across the country, all based on a list of 150 essential moving-image works from Canada’s history, and compiled through a national poll of industry professionals.