PRODUCTION: Franky Films Production
RELEASE DATE: Late fall 2018
GENRE: Socio-Political Documentary
DIRECTOR: Arnaud Gransagne
WRITERS: Deke Richards & Karim Cheriguene
PRODUCERS: Tamara Dupuis, Francesco Giannini & Deke Richards
“Vive le Québec libre?” reflects on the past and present struggles for sovereignty in Quebec by looking back on the many events in its history, including the controversial visit of Charles De Gaulle in July 1967, which helped to revive the flame of rebellion in Quebec.
A French island lost in the middle of an English-speaking ocean, Quebec has struggled to preserve its unique culture on the North American continent since the beginning of the 19th century, with some of its inhabitants even demanding independence. The ideology of these sovereignists is based on the idea that Quebeckers form a nation and therefore have the right to self-determination. They defend their ideas based on a number of historical, cultural and linguistic peculiarities of the province relative to the rest of Canada. After a wartime debut, the movement languished for more than a century, despite some significant events, before actually waking up in the 1960s thanks to the quiet revolution and the famous "Vive le Québec libre!" spoken by General de Gaulle during his visit to Montreal for the 1967 World Expo. This statement was then perceived by the sovereignists as support for their cause, becoming even their slogan.
Franky Films' commitment to this project comes from its desire to introduce the public to unknown or controversial events from Quebec’s history. Convinced of the interest of this subject, we have already filmed 60% of the film, including the festivities related to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of General De Gaulle’s visit in 1967 and the interviews of key politicians like the former Prime Minister Bernard Landry. We are now seeking funding to complete the filming and pay for the right fees for photos and video clips we want to use in the documentary to then license it to broadcasters.
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