Friday Film Pick: Discordia

0 Posted by - September 11, 2010 - Blog, Friday Film Pick, Screen

September 9th marks the eight year anniversary of the Concordia University debacle over the foiled speaking visit of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the uber-activist Montreal school. To commemorate the events of that day—events that would define the university’s political and activist community for years to come, radically neutering social and political activism on campus by way of administration interference and corrupt student unions, the National Film Board of Canada has put the whole 68 minute documentary online for your streaming pleasure. From the NFB:

On September 9, 2002, a scheduled appearance by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked heated debate at Montreal’s Concordia University. By the end of the day, the “Concordia riot” has made international news, from CNN to Al-Jazeera. This film documents the fallout from that eventful day, following three young campus activists as they negotiate the most formative year of their lives. Filmmakers Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal jump into the fray with street-smart bravado and a handheld camera. Buoyed by the songs of hip-hop artist Buck 65, this film offers a tonic reflection on the current state of Canadian student activism and the enduring value of tolerance.


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