In the spring of April 2001, Toronto journalist and filmmaker Jamie Kastner was out of work and his parents were out of town. So, he took their little "red" van and went to join the revolution. Jamie drove to Quebec City with his friend Guy O'Sullivan in a Roger and Me-style journey to join the protest against the Summit of the Americas. Free Trade Is Killing My Mother is a record of their journey.
With Starbucks in one hand and anti-globalization bible No Logo in the other, Kastner takes the revolution to task. Kastner's play at Canadian middle-class naïvété is a weapon, asking a tourism employee where the best places to throw bombs might be, and whether "this auberge has a portrait of Chairman Mao." He exposes the contradictory jumble of goals that divide the protestors, and even pokes bitter fun at his college competitor, Naomi Klein.
Shot from the hip on Mini DV, intercut with protest footage from the Russian Revolution to Berkeley in the 1960s, Free Trade Is Killing My Mother is Kastner's directorial debut. Kastner has worked on a wide range of documentaries and series for TVO, CBC, and MuchMusic. He is also a regular columnist and feature writer for The Globe and Mail, and a produced playwright.
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