The recent Winter Olympic games in Vancouver provided the perfect backdrop for a groundswell of big, bold, home-of-the-brave feelings that many will remember for a long time. Canadians are now closer together says a new survey commissioned by The Historica-Dominion Institute. The survey found that 80% of Canadians now ‘agree’ that they are a ‘Canadian nationalist’, up eight points from an identical poll taken a year before the end of the Olympics.
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In “Escape To Canada”, Nerenberg explores these events in a cleverly crafted, tongue-in-cheek fashion. Director Albert Nerenberg, the man behind the indie-doc hit “Stupidity” (also available on Doc Library), explores Canada’s new personality in this high-energy feature film. The story begins in 2003 when by apparent coincidence, gay marriage is legalized and the prohibition of marijuana is removed on the same day. Soon Canadians are not the only ones enjoying their newly forged liberties. Citizens from the USA flock across the border to marry their same-sex partners. Others come to smoke marijuana. AWOL U.S. army soldiers arrive seeking refugee status. To many, Canada has become a red-and-white beacon of freedom around the world. In other words, cold Canada could suddenly be cool. In his signature no-holds-barred style, Nerenberg weaves these compelling stories into a tongue-in-cheek argument for Canada’s place in the world.
If there's one thing that truly unites most Canadians, it's our national pastime of bashing Toronto. In this tongue-in-cheek road doc, “Let’s All Hate Toronto” Nerenberg follows "Mister Toronto" as he embarks on a coast-to-coast Toronto Appreciation tour, encountering "recovering Torontonians" and those who would be quite happy never to step foot in our fair city. Are we really Torauma, Onterrible? Yes, according to a "professional Toronto hater." And in Newfoundland they finally discover the answer to a question that has boggled them for ages: Why do all the trees point west? ("Because Toronto sucks that much"). Can the city that the United Nations cited as the world's most culturally diverse really be that bad? Or is the rest of Canada just a little envious of our obvious superiority among Canada's metropolitan centres? Let's All Hate Toronto gets to the bottom of Toronto resentment and envy.
Whether you’re a passport-carrying Canuck or not, these docs provide wonderful insight into the country and it’s people.
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