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"...a winner..." - Variety
"Canada is hip." - Bill Maher, HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher
Canada used to be cold; now it's suddenly "cool!"
Around the world, Canada is known for its beavers, Mounties and winter climate. But a new image of the country is emerging, one of potent marijuana, gay marriage and new freedoms.
In 2003, gay marriage and marijuana were legalized in Canada on the same day. Coincidence or trend? Either way, suddenly, Canada changed forever and Canadians began enjoying their "new found" freedoms-north-of-the-border of the country that proclaims to be the true "Land of the Free."
Soon, Canadians were not the only ones enjoying the newly forged liberties, as Americans raced across the border to marry same-sex partners and smoke marijuana in peace. A.W.O.L. United States army soldiers arrive seeking refugee status. To many, Canada had become a red-and-white beacon of freedom around the world.
However, the freedoms would not last. Within months, Canada re-criminalized marijuana and jailed pot activists; America's DEA turned up the heat on Canadian pot dealers, even arresting Canada's "Prince of Pot."
In addition, there is suddenly a new campaign to turn back gay marriage-financed with US dollars. Director Albert Nerenberg, the man behind the indie-doc hit Stupidity, explores the advent of this strange and new land of the free in this stunning and high-energy film.
This is the story of the new land of the free...or is it?
Albert Nerenberg is an award-winning actor, director, journalist and founder of the "international cult phenomenon" (CNN) Trailervision. As a filmmaker Nerenberg has been the subject of retrospectives at the Just for Laughs Festival and the Cinematheque Quebecoise. His award-winning documentary Stupidity is the first film to deal directly with the subject of human stupidity. Nerenberg has directed for the Discovery Channel, Dreamworks SKG and the CBC. He is the director of over a 100 spoof trailers and dozens of TV documentaries. Nerenberg also founded the annual World Stupidity Awards.
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