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Myths for Profit: Canada's role in industries of war and peace

Amy Miller / Canada / 2009 / 58 ' / Anglais / S.T. Français

Credits

Boban Chaldovich
Amy Miller
Boban Chaldovich
Eric Abraham
Viggo Hanson
Jeff Feldman
Tu-Three
Amy Miller & Shannon Walsh
Narrator: Eric Abraham
Narrator: Viggo Hanson
Narrator: Rachelle Sauvé
Sound Engineer: Eric Chorostecki

Awards & Festivals

Winner, Peoples' Choice Award, Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Official Selection, Empowerment Film Festival, London, Ontario
Official Selection, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
Official Selection, The World Community Film Festival, Courtenay, BC
Official Selection, Reframe Film Festival, Peterbourough, Ontario
Official Selection, Les Rendez-Vous Du Cinema Québécois, Montreal, Quebec
Official Selection, Nanaimo Film Festival, Nanaimo, BC
Official Selection, The Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Official Selection, Hamilton Film Festival, Hamilton, Ontario
Official Selection, Milano Film Festival

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Examining common myths about Canada's role on the international stage.

Synopsis

‘MYTHS FOR PROFIT' is a dramatic, exposé documentary which explores 'Canada’s role in Industries of War and Peace’. Through diverse interviews and case studies this documentary unveils the specific interests and profits that are made by certain corporation, individuals and agency within Canada. By examining these myths we seek to find out what are the possible motives that hide behind these stories, and if there are certain people who stand to gain and maintain these misconceptions. Only by breaking down these myths can we hope to understand how these systems of power operate, and help empower people across Canada to change them.
MYTH 1) 'Canada is a peacekeeping nation' examines the changes in the Department of National Defence since 1999 and takes a serious look at the role Canada has taken in NATO. A particular focus is given to the current perpetual war in Afghanistan, how Canada assisted in the illegal coup d’état in Haiti, and how Canada played a pivotal role in pushing the policy of ‘bombing for humanitarian aid’ in Yugoslavia.

MYTH 2) 'Canada’s policies on ‘Reconstruction and Redevelopment’ are helping people around the world' investigates how various government agencies and ministries have specific agendas they are implementing around the world. From the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT) to Export Development Canada, policies are being designed and carried out to ensure a free market neo-liberal agenda in different countries, regardless of the negative effect they may have on the communities and environment they impact. This includes how Canada’s development agency’s (CIDA) tied and phantom aid function in post and present conflict zones.

MYTH 3) 'Canada’s military purpose is defence' By investigating the magnitude of the Canadian military industrial complex, from the mining of uranium used for depleted uranium weapons to the production of components in weapons systems, this section probes the intersecting relationships between various government agencies and corporations as well as public complicity in this vast industry.