Black October DVD


Limited quantities – also available in High School History Living Resources Bundle.

Relive the important and dramatic events in Quebec, October 1970 with this docudrama DVD. What were the conditions for the War Measures Act to be enacted in peacetime?

  • Ages 12+, Adult
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Writer/director Terence McKenna has crafted a riveting two-hour documentary that chillingly recounts one of the most explosive periods in Canadian history. On October 5, 1970, British Trade Commissioner James Cross was kidnapped by a sect of the FLQ. Five days later, Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte was also kidnapped, and Canada was thrown into its worst peacetime political crisis.

Using dramatic re-creations, archival black and white film, news reports and interviews, Black October brings into focus the contradictions, misapprehensions and strengths of the decision-makers of the day. Reenactments show, in vivid terms, how the Cross and Laporte kidnappings were planned and executed.

Actors read the words of the FLQ members responsible for the kidnappings and the murder of Laporte. Interviews include former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, his then Principle Secretary Marc Lalonde, Quebec Minister of Justice Jerome Choquette, former Le Devoir editor Claude Ryan, and James Cross.”

Special Features:

  • Bonus CBC-TV News Features
  • FLQ Backgrounder, Oct 10/70
  • A Letter From Captivity, Oct 11/70
  • Montrealers Comment On Military Presence, Oct 13/70
  • Trudeau’s War Measures Act Speech, Oct 16/70
  • Captors Free British Diplomat, Dec 5/70
  • October Crisis 20 Years Later, Oct 4/90

This item is out of print with limited quantities.

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Weight .087 kg
Dimensions 19.0 × 13.7 × 1.5 cm
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