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The idea for creating the Mother Canada statue was initially declined, as it was due to be placed in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It was the subject of major outcry and created needless controversy for many people as well. However, filmmaker Craig Jackson saw this opportunity to make a documentary, because this was the first time he had seen first-hand divisiveness based on the proposed development that was made at the local level.
This is the part when Jackson decided that he would create a documentary on Mother Canada, which will capture the natural progression of the memorial, and will ensure that it gets a larger than-life statue, which would be designed by Tony Trigiani. It was expected to ease tensions between sides, but it didn’t end up that way, because during the documentary there were lots of protests.
The documentary is going to premier at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, and will dive into the debate on this monolithic statue, and whether it is actually intended to bring any honor to the thousands of Canadian soldiers who have lost their lives overseas.
The main theme of the documentary is going to be centered on how making a statue of something significant is proving to be so difficult in Canada. This is not about remembrance but it has gotten into an Us-Vs-Them battle, out of which there will be no clear winner for either side.
The Mother Canada documentary is going to be 22 minutes long, and is expected to host three different screenings, during the Hot Docs Film Festival, which will be held on the 3rd, 5th, and 6th of May. It remains to be seen how the audience reacts to this controversial documentary, and whether it will actually achieve anything.