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True Patriot Love: The Films of Joyce Wieland
20 Jan 2000 – 30 Jan 2000
Joyce Wieland. The Far Shore (still) 1975.
Curated by Cinemathèque Ontario
I think of Canada as female. All the art Ive been doing or will be doing is about Canada. I may tend to overly identify with Canada." Wielands passionate nationalism arose from her concern about the American takeover of Canadian natural resources, coupled with faith in "feminine" ecological principles. It was her inspiration to appropriate the fervour of American patriotic feeling, and to harness it to a counter-nationalism that playfully subverted Trudeaus dictum, "Reason Over Passion." Wielands inventive experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s are enjoying a revival among critics and feminist film scholars. The travelling retrospective of 17 films in 16mm format includes well-known shorts such as Water Sark (1964) and Rat Life and Diet in North America (1968), plus La Raison Avant la Passion (1967) and the feature-length melodrama The Far Shore 1975.