Reaction: A Portrait of a Society in Crisis
Format: 16mm Colour
Runtime: 58 min
National Film Board of Canada
Reaction: A Portrait of a Society in Crisis was shot during the October Crisis of 1970, when FLQ terrorists kidnapped British diplomat James Cross and killed Quebec cabinet minister Pierre Laporte. A journalistic tour-de-force photographed during the peak of the crisis, Reaction features people from various English-speaking groups in Quebec expressing their personal reactions. The film reflects the tense discussions of the time, providing a portrait of a minority community under pressure and of power on the defensive.
See also the film’s companion piece, Action: The October Crisis of 1970 (1973).