View from the Summit

This feature documentary takes us back to April 20, 2001, as Quebec City prepares to host the 3-day Summit of the Americas. A 4-kilometre fence has been erected, cutting off the Upper Town from the rest of the city. Thirty-four heads of state from the Americas will meet behind closed doors to discuss agreements for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Those opposed to the FTAA are mobilizing and gathering in Quebec City, too. Several thousand delegates have come to participate in the People's Summit, and tens of thousands will march in protest. Six thousand police officers fill the streets and it looks as if the historic Quebec capital is under siege. The local population fears the worst. Will the Quebec capital become a battleground?

Shot in cinéma vérité style by 7 of Quebec's best documentary filmmakers, View from the Summit vividly portrays what happens when passionate and creative protesters clash with the ideologies of those in power.

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Film Credits

script
Magnus Isacsson
directing
Magnus Isacsson
participation
Thomas D'Aquino
Philippe Duhamel
Richard Feinberg
Pierre Goupil
Tania Hallé
Graciela Rodriguez
principal photography
François Beauchemin
Rénald Bellemare
Henry Bernadet
Martin Duckworth
Andrei Khabad
Eve Lamont
Martin Leclerc
Jean-Pierre Saint-Louis
editing
Louise Côté
music
René Lussier
research
Gavin Andrews
Henry Bernadet
Luc Côté
Anne Henderson
Magnus Isacsson
Paul Lapointe
sound recording
Éric Celton
Marie-France Delagrave
Craig Lapp
Bertrand Lemoine
Hubert Macé de Gastines
Chantal Rhéaume
Yves Saint-Jean
Philippe Scultéty
Victor Tendler
Alain Tremblay
sound design
Martin Allard
Hugo Brochu
sound editing
Martin Allard
Hugo Brochu
sound mix
Serge Boivin
Jean Paul Vialard
archival research
Jocelyne Clarke
Andrea Henriquez
producer
Paul Lapointe
Germaine Ying Gee Wong
Jacques Ménard

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