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The Fate of America ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB525101
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Civics, History, Media and Communications, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1996
Running Time:  81:27

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On September 13, 1759, in the space of only 20 minutes, the fate of America was set.
It was the Battle of the Plains of Abraham--the defining moment in the history of Canada and of New France. And the defining myth, examined endlessly from different angles, of all future Canadian history.
After the Battle of the Plains, the French returned to France, leaving French Canadians to wonder whether they had been defeated, conquered or abandoned. The English would go on to rule North America and to ensure their language became dominant around the globe.
In The Fate of America, master filmmaker Jacques Godbout joins playwright René-Daniel Dubois on the treacherous terrain of history for an ironic, humorous--and moving--personal view of the past. He also brings together Baron Georges Savarin de Marestan and Andrew Wolfe-Burroughs, direct descendants of Montcalm and Wolfe, both of whom died in the battle that would give birth to Canada and to the province of Quebec.
With English subtitles.

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