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Just Watch Me
A Film by Catherine Annau
A National Film Board of Canada Production
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film stillIt wasn't easy growing up under the elegant and enigmatic politician Pierre Trudeau. JUST WATCH ME introduces us to eight people from across Canada who did - Anglos and Francophones, separatists and federalists, idealists and realists. People whose personal and public dreams are intertwined. They are the Trudeau generation - Canadians who grew up during the 70's, like director Catherine Annau, who looks at the lasting effects of Trudeau's audacious attempts to reconfigure the identity of Canada.

This cutting edge documentary travels across the country, its inspired cinematography rediscovering the places we thought we knew - from the snowdrifts of Iqaluit to the towers of Calgary. Most of all, this is a national love story - a story of the birth of post-modern Canada that takes us into the heart of an era and the hearts of the people who will shape Canada's future - the Trudeau generation.

"[The] collected voices give the impression of a complicated extended family from a mixed cultural marriage. Without beating the drums too heavily, the history they piece together is a political success story with Mr. Trudeau the (not unblemished) hero."—Stephen Holden, New York Times

"A milestone documentary about the impact of Pierre Trudeau's dream of a bilingual Canada on a whole generation... their experiences are funny, sweet, above all, real. The political issues of separation, unification, alienation take on flesh and blood."—Film Society of Lincoln Center

"Annau effectively shows how national and personal identity co-mingle. Her subject's humor and passion, as well as the film's great visual flair and energy, add up to a surprisingly universal and entertaining doc."—indiewire.com

"[A} superb documentary. Director Annau uses creative but not distracting camerawork that intercuts interviews with scenes of places referenced and speeds it along with a good mix of Canadian pop music. The film is not cheap, but it's a worthy and highly watchable account of a not-too-distant time when government was actually inspirational."—Library Journal

"Did the Trudeau initiatives constitute a failed social experiment? Or an unprecedented societal overhaul on which to base a more encompassing multi-culturalism? The debate will continue. But it will be hard to find a more compelling discussion than the one in JUST WATCH ME."—This Way Up

Best Canadian First Feature Film, 1999 Toronto International Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, 2000 Genie Awards
Chris Award, 48th Columbus International Film & Video Festival
2001 Association for Canadian Studies Conference

76 minutes / / Color
Release: 2000
Copyright: 1999

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Canadian Studies, French Culture, History (World), Multi-Cultural Studies, Quebec

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