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THE FRUIT MACHINE

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



Year: 2019

Length: 89 minutes

Language: English

Country: Canada

Premiere: USA


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


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