[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]H[/eltdf_dropcaps]ot Docs 2017 commemorated Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation with the commissioning of In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of six short documentaries inspired by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. From Indigenous rights to multiculturalism to the controversial “notwithstanding clause”, each filmmaker selected a specific aspect of the Charter to explore, looking at how it resonates in the stories of their fellow Canadians.
The films that make up this special selection are: Nothwithstanding, a speculative documentary which imagines a doomsday scenario in which Section 33, the nothwithstanding clause, weaponizes the Charter against itself; The Inspector, a story of school inspectors recalling the difficulties in teaching French in public schools; The Long Way Home, where mobility rights come into question when the Canadian government denies re-entry to a Sudanese-born Canadian after false allegations of terrorism.
The selection is completed by: In part, a mosaic of Canadian portraits touching on Charter-related topics; Lessons Injustice, story of a troubled-teenager-turned-criminal-lawyer; and Last Resort, an exploration of the first indigenous freedom-of-religion challenge to go before the Supreme Court of Canada.
The appointment to see In the Name of all Canadians is at 12:00 hrs, in Bellas Artes.