Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Action: The October Crisis of 1970 is an excellent documentary about the events that led up to the kidnapping of two upper echelon politicians in Quebec in 1970. For many years English speaking Canadians ruled over the majority Franco-phone population of Quebec. This film shows how that institutionalized oppression led to the Quebec separatist movement, an offshoot of which was the FLQ (aka the Quebec Liberation Front), which was responsible for many acts of domestic terrorism which included the kidnappings and the subsequent murder of one of the hostages. I found this documentary to be terribly interesting and compelling. It lays out all the facts with out any spin and it doesn't moralize or point fingers, it lets you decide who the villains and who the heroes of this crisis are. I find Canadian politics and the crises of this era, the 1960's through the mid 1970's, to be very interesting, so I loved the heck out of this film. I vaguely recalled some of these events when they went down, so it was nice to finally learn what actually happened. I highly recommend this one.