As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of confederation this year, many of us have become reflective of what this country means to us. As we search for our collective identity as a nation, we often have a tendency of remembering only the positive moments that dot our history. What the documentary In the Name of All Canadians does is show us the sometimes ugly reality for some of this country’s citizens. Commissioned by Hot Docs and told through a collection of six short films, the film takes a look at how Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms changed our course as a nation and ensured certain protections. However, what happens when those laws fail us?
Based on events of the not-so-distant past, Pride is the story of how two wildly different groups could learn to come together and fight the power. Set during the UK miners’ strike in 1984, the film depicts the formation of a lesbian and gay charity group aimed at supporting the families affected by the strike. Met with derision by the National Union of Mineworkers, the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) decided to direct their attention and funds to a tiny Welsh community.