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12 JUNE 5:00PM

Cinema Cartier Quebec City

PIAZZA PETAWAWA: THE PARADOX

BOND OF STRANGERS

CANADA 2015

CANADA 2015

English | 43 min. | Documentary

English | 53 min. | Documentary

PRODUCTION Boxcar Studio

PRODUCTION Max Fraser

On June 10, 1940, Prime Minister Mackenzie King announced the detainment and internment of Italian-Canadians considered a threat to the safety of our country. Under the guidelines of the War Measures Act, the RCMP were given freedom to arrest any person with ties to an Axis nation without proof of threat, disloyalty, or subversion to our government. Out of 150,000 immigrated and Canadian born Italian-Canadians, 30,000 were listed as “enemy aliens� and over 700 were interned in camps. Some interned men lost sons fighting in the war, others enlisted in the war for Canada once released.

The film explores the bonds of friendship that form among people who have never met as they undertake an arduous journey: a trek 300 kilometers through the mountains of Sicily in the hottest month of the year. They have one thing in common -- a determination to honour the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers during WW2 by reclaiming lost history. Some walk in the footsteps of their fathers, seeking to learn something important that their dads never talked about. Most know they don't have what it takes physically to complete the journey, but are determined to try. They are part of a commemorative event that take place on the 70th anniversary of the Operation Husky in 1943.

RINO NOTO has been both internationally recognized as a photographer and a director during his twenty-five years as an artist. Noto conquers the moving image in his documentary Piazza Petawawa: The Paradox.

15 JUNE 7:00PM

Colossus Theatre Vaughan

16 JUNE 7:00PM

Cinematheque Quebecoise

Montreal

MAX FRASER is an independent Canadian filmmaker known for his short films focuses on Yukon and the award-winning TV documentary "Never Happen Here The Whitehorse 9/11 Story."

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