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After the Montreal Massacre

A video available from the National Film Board of Canada


December 6, 1989. Sylvie Gagnon was attending her last day of classes at Ecole Polytechnique, an engineering school in Montreal, when Marc Lepine entered the building. Systematically separating the women from the men, he opened fire on women students, yelling "you're all a bunch of feminists." Sylvie survived a bullet wound to the head while fourteen other women were murdered.

AFTER THE MONTREAL MASSACRE is a useful tool for helping us come to terms with these murders and how they relate to the larger picture of male violence against women. Women throughout Canada and the world are expressing a growing concern about the widespread violence and mounting fear in their daily lives. The haunting images taken on the day of the massacre and in the days following, set the stage for an exploration of the urgent issues of misogyny, male violence and sexism.

Testimony from Sylvie Gagnon about what the massacre means to her, conversations with a group of college students, and interviews with noted writers, feminist activists, and leaders of organizations for women, contribute to this moving and important documentary which provides a challenge for change in our political, social and personal lives.

A co-production of NFB / Studio D and CBC.

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Suggested Audience 

AFTER THE MONTREAL MASSACRE will be of interest to women and men searching for answers to questions about male violence. It will provide community groups and organizations, as well as educational institutions, with an excellent tool for beginning discussions about violence against women.

Community, youth and church groups and women wanting to address male violence against women.

Educational Institutions: Senior secondary school values education, media literacy, family life, and health education. Colleges and universities - Women's studies, humanities, media, journalism, communications, sociology, political science, psychology.

ORDER NUMBER: C 9190 097

Available from:

The National Film Board P.O. Box 6100, Station A, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3H5
This video is suitable for the deaf and hard of hearing. Closed captioned. A decoder is required.

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