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On September 9, 2002, a scheduled appearance by former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked heated debate at Montreal's Concordia University. By the end of the day, the "Concordia riot" had made international news, from CNN to Al-Jazeera. This film documents the fallout from that eventful day, following three young campus activists as they negotiate the most formative year of their lives. Filmmakers Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal jump into the fray with street-smart bravado and a handheld camera. Buoyed by the songs of hip-hop artist Buck 65, this film offers a tonic reflection on the current state of Canadian student activism and the enduring value of tolerance.

This film contains scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Discordia, Samir Mallal & Ben Addelman, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Samir Mallal
    Ben Addelman
  • producer
    Adam Symansky
  • editor
    Hannele Halm
    Ben Addelman
  • music
    Buck 65
  • camera
    Ben Addelman
    Samir Mallal
  • additional cinematography
    François Vincelette
  • additional camera
    Michael Kelly
  • assistant camera
    Katerine Giguère
  • sound recordist
    Ben Addelman
    Samir Mallal
    Craig Lapp
  • graphic design
    Samir Mallal
  • production assistant
    Raphael Daigneault
  • additional sound
    Raphael Daigneault
  • writer
    Samir Mallal
    Ben Addelman
  • story consultant
    Austin Webb
  • sound editor
    Leopoldo Gutierrez
  • foley
    Chris Piggins
  • additional music
    Wax Mannequin
  • sound re-recording
    Shelley Craig
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • online editing
    Sylvain Desbiens
    Denis Gathelier
  • digital editing technician
    Ochelle Greenidge
    Phyllis Lewis
    Danielle Raymond
    Chaz Oliver
    Mirenda Ouellet
  • title design
    Louise Overy
    Pierre Landry
  • graphics
    Louise Overy
    Pierre Landry
  • product manager
    Moira Keigher
  • post-production coordinator
    Claude Cardinal
  • studio clerk
    Christine Williams
  • studio administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
    Nickie Merulla
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner

  • Shmilfke

    This film is biased against 'Palestinians' in that it only shows scene in which they appear to be violent, uncivilized animals making completely irrational arguments.

    Shmilfke, 12 Sep 2012
  • jamielaidlaw

    NFB the historicalcultural conscience and curator of the Canadian enterprise.

    jamielaidlaw, 7 Sep 2011
  • RoryCurrie

    A great doc. Everyone should watch it. Its been 8 years, I wonder what has become of Noah and Aaron etc... NFB should do a follow up. Not just of the subjects in this film, but of people from all sorts of old productions.

    RoryCurrie, 13 Sep 2010

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