An oral history of Hot Docs: How the festival went from humble beginnings to industry dominance

By Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail

John Walker was interviewed for The Globe and Mail’s oral history of Hot Docs.

“The concept evolved out of trying to simply support each other’s work, to exhibit it to the public, to have an awards show. We worked on the premise that Canadian audiences in particular wanted documentaries, and that we were pretty good at making them.” – John Walker

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CKUT 90.3FM – Off the Hour – Interview with John Walker

Listen to an interview with John Walker, the maker of Quebec My Country, Mon Pays which was screened at La Cinematheque Quebecoise de Montreal on Monday, 19th. He discussed his personal history and the Quebec’s Quiet Revolution which took place in the 1960’s and unleashed cultural and political changes that lead to the separatist movement and the FLQ crisis.

Interview, Médium large

Un documentaire sur l’exil des Anglos-Québécois qui ne fait pas l’unanimité

With Stéphan Bureau, Radio-Canada

In Quebec My Country Mon Pays, filmmaker John Walker takes a historical and personal look at the 1960s and 1970s, which saw the birth of the independence movement and Quebec identity affirmation. These movements prompted many Anglo-Quebecers, including the filmmaker’s parents, to leave. According to Patricia Boushel, however, one of the problems with the documentary is that it deals with a reality that is no longer representative of the current situation between anglophones and francophones.

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Interview, Le Devoir: L’inconfort de la différence

Le cinéaste John Walker se penche avec émotion sur la fracture linguistique au Québec

By Jean Dion, Le Devoir

John Walker discusses his new documentary, Quebec My Country Mons Pays, a lament over his decision to leave his home province of Québec amid the mass migration of several hundred thousand anglophones from the 1960s to the 1990s.

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