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Tell the People

Susan Fairbairn

1997, 03:00 minutes, colour, english

TAPECODE 552.01

This piece was the result of my participation in the "Three Minute Rock Star' project, conceived and produced by Jane Farrow and Alyson Mitchell. The theme was "Why I Am a Rock Star". I decided to use a symbol of rock star power - the rocker sunglasses - as a metaphor for the artificially assumed power of the Harris government. The sunglasses are lost by their source (the Harris limo) and reclaimed by the people. I tried to represent all of the major areas of government cutbacks and boneheaded legislation: organized labour, the arts, daycare, health care, the Megacity, etc. While making this film, I was amazed and inspired by the spirit of the people of Toronto - all of whom we met randomly at their workplaces or on the street - their love of this city and their willingness to actively protest the Harris government.

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