Tell the People

Susan Fairbairn

1997, 03:00 minutes, colour, english


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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