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Silence Is Gold

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What are the limits to freedom of speech? Can we put a price on our spoken and written words?
Following the 2008 release of the book Noir Canada, author Alain Deneault, his co-writers and his publisher, Éditions Écosociété, grappled with these questions—at great personal expense—after being sued for defamation in Quebec and Ontario courts by two large Canadian mining companies. Deneault and his publisher fought back, becoming entangled in a seemingly never-ending spiral of judicial proceedings. 

Silence Is Gold is a political and legal thriller of a documentary that unfolds behind the scenes of the Canadian justice system. Without judging or wading into the merits of the cases, filmmaker Julien Fréchette leads us through the twists and turns of the pre-trial legal proceedings, as we eagerly anticipate a resolution that is continually delayed.


 

2012, 77 min 48 s

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Prix Gémeaux
September 14 2014, Montréal, CanadaPrix Gémeaux
September 14 2014, Montréal, Canada

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Special Mention for the Magnus Isacsson Award
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal
November 7 to 18 2012, Montréal - Canada

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