In October 1970, one group from the Front de Liberation du Quebec kidnapped the British Consul in Montreal. Few days later, a second group did the same with one of the Minister of the Quebec Government. If the first was released, the second was murdered. This is the story of the second group from the stand point of the political kidnappers.
Pierre Falardeau (December 28, 1946 – September 25, 2009) was a Quebec film and documentary director, pamphleteer and noted activist for Quebec independence.
Falardeau studied anthropology at university and he taught that subject for a brief period. During the 1960s, he became involved in the pro-independence Rassemblement pour l’indépendance nationale, and his passionate belief in the need for the succession of the province of Quebec from Canada features prominently in most of his films. In the “Elvis Gratton” series; a sarcastic trilogy about a local Elvis impersonator, Falardeau sharply satirizes federalist Quebecers. This tendency is also seen in more serious efforts such as “Octobre”, about the October crisis, 15 février 1839, about the quelling of the “Patriotes” movement which led to the Lower Canada Rebellion and “Le steak”, about Quebec boxer Gaetan Hart.
Falardeau linked his support for Quebec independence to the struggles for national independence… read more