In a recent post, about a 1993 documentary featuring an anglophone perspective on the history of Quebec, I’ve added a Comment that I’d like to feature as a separate post by way of bringing attention to it.
As part of my work on the above-noted post, I’ve also posted a 1978 Cinema Canada article entitled Precarious establishment: Cinema Canada article from 1978 about Canadian independent film production. I mention the latter post as a way to bring attention to that post as well.
In the latter post, hard-nosed, independent Canadian filmmakers from way back in 1978 criticize the CBC and NFB for varied, and what I think are (occasionally) valid reasons.
Despite these criticisms, I believe there is value in documentary filmmaking – and that a film such as All Governments Lie (2016) is well worth watching.
In my comment at the post about a 1993 documentary, entitled The Rise and Fall of English Montreal, I’ve shared the following points (among others):
Information about sugar that was kept from us in the 1960s
I like to read stories that tell us things we did not know, at the time, about what was going on in the 1960s.
By way of a recent example, a Sept. 13, 2016 CBC article is entitled: “Sugar industry paid scientists for favourable research, documents reveal: Harvard study in 1960s cast doubt on sugar’s role in heart disease, pointing finger at fat.”
All Governments Lie (2016)
With regard to the topic of documentaries, a Sept. 8, 2016 CBC The Current article is entitled: “All Governments Lie documentary takes aim at mainstream media.”
The opening paragraphs read:
From the ’50s to the ’70s, Stone worked to reveal government and corporate deception in his weekly newsletter.
[End of text]
The subtitle for the film is: Truth, Deception, and the spirit of I.F. Stone.
Federal sponsorship scandal following the 1995 Quebec Referendum
The Rise and Fall of English Montreal (1993) focuses on Montreal history up until about 1992. Recent news reports highlight the 1995 Quebec Referendum and the federal sponsorship scandal the followed in the aftermath of the referendum.
An excellent overview about this period in history is provided in a Sept. 14, 2016 CBC The Current podcast.
The online CBC article introducing the podcast is entitled: Liberal sponsorship scandal trial recalls perception of party entitlement.