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Friday, August 20, 2010

Documentary Takes Stock of NL's Satisfaction with Canada

This past weekend award winning journalist and documentary film maker, Guylaine Maroist, traveled to the fair province of Newfoundland and Labrador from her home in Montreal. Her purpose: To help define the TRUE Canadian experience, a tall order by anyone’s estimate.

In an effort to uncover the underlying sentiments about our place in Canada Ms. Maroist and her crew spent several days in the province interviewing local residents, political figures and journalists, a process I was more than happy to participate in myself.

The discussions were broad and wide ranging but with a single underlying current: What do we really feel about the federation as a whole (or as some would say “a hole”, but that’s another story) and why do we feel that way?

I know from my discussions with her over the past several days that she found what she came for. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians may be called a lot of things, shy isn’t one of them.

The concept of Ms. Maroist’s upcoming documentary is a simple yet enlightened one.

As she tells it, the idea grew from her life in Quebec and what she witnessed there.

Most people in Quebec, according to Ms. Maroist, see Canada, with the exception of Quebec itself, as one homogenous nation of people. They see the issues facing Quebec as a case of “us against them”. Having traveled extensively Ms. Maroist says she knew there was a lot more to the nation than a single culture and that many other parts of Canada are also dissatisfied with their experience in the federation. She decided to capture those stories.

From a growing separatist movement in Alberta to decades second class citizenship in Newfoundland and Labrador, a lot of dissent exists across the Country, Ms Maroist hopes to bring this story to the nation and, perhaps as importantly, to those in Quebec, in an effort shed light on the truth about the real Canada.

During the shoot, which is expected to take several months, Ms. Maroist and her team will travel the length and breadth of Canada, visiting as many provinces as possible. Her film, tentatively titled “Dis-United States” is expected to be released nationally next summer.

Good luck Guylaine. It’s a story that needs to be told and I look forward to seeing the outcome.


Anyong said...

Perhaps this documentary will finally incourage Canadians to finally discuss how Canadians feel and most importantly why.

Anonymous said...

Will she get to Labrador?

Patriot said...

I don't think so unfortunately. She mentioned the territories and said that she would not get to them because of the tight schedule / budget but was planning a special segment on them. I suspect the same holds for Labrador but I can't say for sure.

Anonymous said...

Some other visiting journalist who will have their minds polluted by Nfld nationalism and not get the full picture then.