Chai Montreal
Chai Montreal
May 8, 2022
What We Choose to Remember: A Conversation on Anglophones in Quebec with Guy Rex Rodgers
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On this episode, Lisa speaks with Guy Rex Rodgers, Founder of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) and director of What We Choose to Remember.

Bill 101, the Charter of the French Language became law in 1977, limiting who could attend English school in Quebec and how much English could appear on store signs, amongst other limitations the bill set. Bill 101 was introduced in the backdrop of decades of French-English tensions.

What We Choose to Remember, the new documentary film by director Guy Rex Rodgers, focuses on the impact that Quebec history has on the anglophone community of the province today. Based on 20 hours of interviews, What We Choose to Remember presents the interviewees’ stories in their historical and political context. The interviewees consist of a group of diverse members of the Montreal anglophone community, including those with Jewish, Italian, Portuguese, Lebanese, Vietnamese and Chinese heritages. What they have in common is that they are all immigrants or descendants of immigrants searching for a better, more peaceful life for themselves and their families.

What We Choose to Remember is showing in person at the Hudson Film Festival on May 13, 2022 and online until May 22, 2022.

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