Still from Myths For Profit
Still from Myths For Profit

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

by Amy Miller
Examining common myths about Canada's role on the international stage.
2009  ·  58m  ·  Canada
English, French
French subs
About the Film
‘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.
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Festivals and Awards
Winner, Peoples' Choice Award, Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, OntarioOfficial Selection, Empowerment Film Festival, London, OntarioOfficial Selection, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal, Montreal, QuebecOfficial Selection, The World Community Film Festival, Courtenay, BCOfficial Selection, Reframe Film Festival, Peterbourough, OntarioOfficial Selection, Les Rendez-Vous Du Cinema Québécois, Montreal, QuebecOfficial Selection, Nanaimo Film Festival, Nanaimo, BCOfficial Selection, The Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, OntarioOfficial Selection, Hamilton Film Festival, Hamilton, OntarioOfficial Selection, Milano Film Festival
In the Press
Boban Chaldovich
Boban Chaldovich
Amy Miller and Shannon Walsh
Boban Chaldovich, Eric Abraham and Viggo Hanson
Sound Engineer
Eric Chorostecki
Soundtrack Composer
Jeff Feldman and Tu-Three
Amy Miller
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About the Director

Amy Miller

Amy Miller is an award-winning director, producer and writer based in Montréal. Her feature films as director include Tomorrow’s Power, No Land. No Food. No Life., The Carbon Rush and Myths for Profit. She most recently produced the documentary Another Word For Learning. Her documentaries have been screened at festivals throughout the world, and have been broadcast in over two dozen countries and are included in the library catalogues of hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. She remains dedicated to creating documentaries for transformative social change and helping out grassroots campaigns for justice.

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