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Ad Hoc — COUNTDOWN CANADA Screening
October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Ad Hoc presents a screening of Robert Fothergill’s COUNTDOWN CANADA (1970, 60min) on Saturday October 14th at 7PM.
From the event page:
“On the occasion of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Ad Hoc presents Countdown Canada, on digital video, mastered from its original 2” broadcast videotape, in the Deluxe Screening Room 222E. Writer and director Robert Fothergill, an accomplished playwright, filmmaker and literary scholar, will be on hand to introduce the film.
In 1970, Rob Fothergill released Canada’s own War of the Worlds—Countdown Canada, a TV news simulation dramatizing the day in which Canada becomes part of the United States. The broadcast included prominent public figures commenting on the last gasp of Canadian sovereignty, some debating the merits of such an assimilation, others engaging in a plea for an independent Canada. It was set in the future of 1979, but was aired only five years after the publication of George Grant’s Lament for a Nation, a philosopher’s defence of Canada in an era of its diminishing sovereignty, and only three years after Canada’s centennial wrestled a confident and complex nationalism back into the public consciousness. Countdown Canada was bought by the CBC and aired nationwide in September of that year, prophesying what a future of apathy and inaction could bring to the nation.”
Admission is free.