SATURDAY, MAY 4, 6:15PM
Q & A with Director Sarah Fodey and Subject Michelle Douglas to follow screening.
Nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best documentary, this investigative piece tells the story of Canada’s policy of surveillance and interrogation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during the Cold War. When the Canadian “security panel” decided that LGBTQ federal employees and members of the Canadian Armed Forces were susceptible to blackmail by Soviet spies, it began a heretofore unrecognized program of spying against its own citizens.
This documentary exposes the dark secrets of an era, not so long ago, when paranoia ruled the system and marginalization was used as an excuse to further punish queer people. Now, for the first time, survivors of the government’s abuses tell their stories, both deeply personal and broadly political. They speak out in hopes of bringing awareness to a new generation and scrutiny of the beliefs that still can lead to mistrust, governmental overreach, and injustice.
- Laure Parsons
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY SHANNON FULLER, CARRIE WELCH & JANNIE HUANG
Length: 89 minutes
CAST & CREDITS
Producer, Director, Writer: Sarah Fodey
Producer: Han Nguyen
Story Consult. & Exec Producer: Derek Diorio
Production Manager: Amanda Barakat
Researcher: Mary O’Shea
Directors of Photography: Michael Tien & Karl Roeder
Editor: Matt West
Sound Recordist: Rich Nault
Cast: Andrew Currie Beckstead, Renee Parent, Patti Gray, Paul Fournier, Suzanne Thibault, Lucie Laperle, Martine Roy, Mark Sallows, Lynne Gouliquer, Michelle Douglas
Basic Rights Oregon