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View from the Summit ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527093
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Paul Lapointe, Germaine Ying Gee Wong, Jacques Ménard, Sally Bochner
Directors:  Magnus Isacsson
Producing Agencies:  Les Productions Érézi Inc. (Montreal),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Business Studies, Business Studies, Canadian Social Studies, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Civics, Documentary, Documentary, Global Issues, Global Issues, Global Studies, Global Studies, Media and Communications, Media and Communications, Politics, Politics, Social Issues, Social Issues, Social Studies, Social Studies, Violence, Violence
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2002
Running Time:  75m 15s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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It's April 20, 2001 - and Quebec City prepares to host the three-day Summit of the Americas. A four-kilometre fence has been erected, cutting off the Upper Town from the rest of the city.

Thirty-four heads of state from the Americas will meet behind closed doors to discuss agreements for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Those opposed to the FTAA are mobilizing and gathering in Quebec City, too. Several thousand delegates have come to participate in the People's Summit, and tens of thousands will march in protest.

Six thousand police officers fill the streets and it looks as if the historic Quebec capital is under siege. The local population fears the worst. Will the Quebec capital become a battleground?

Shot in cinéma vérité style by seven of Quebec's best documentary filmmakers, View from the Summit vividly portrays what happens when passionate and creative protesters clash with the ideologies of those in power.

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