1988, 27:00 minutes, colour, English


On June 27, 1988, a squad of helmeted riot police and an anti-terrorist SWAT team swooped down on a downtown Montreal neighbourhood to evict and arrest a group of low-income tenants. Protestors and tenants were brutalized and arrested in an effort to help real estate developers to evict and demolish a neighbourhood.
This documentary, produced and directed by one of the Overdale tenants, takes you behind the scenes to meet six of those fighting to stay in their homes.

Regard sur un événement survenu le 27 juin 1988 dans le quartier Overdale, situé au centre-ville de Montréal: six des locataires refusant la relocalisation de promoteurs immobiliers se font arrêter brutalement en tentant de résister aux forces policières.
Le document questionne le rôle de l'intervention gouvernementale face aux promoteurs ainsi que la position paradoxale de l'administration municipale. Ce documentaire a été produit et réalisé par une des personnes impliquées dans la lutte. Il est dédié à une personne âgée décédée quelques jours après l'entrevue au cours de laquelle on la voit plaider désespérément sa cause.

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