Whoa Canada is a new film by the irrepressible band of pranksters and digital agitators known as Shit Harper Did. It's a beautifully constructed documentary on the reality of state surveillance in Canada, and you can watch the whole thing below.
Clocking in at just under an hour, this is the film Stephen Harper doesn’t want you to watch before voting. Through stories collected from as far afield as the Philippines and Zimbabwe, and as close to home as Ottawa and Vancouver, the documentary weaves a compelling narrative of opposition to the Harper government and the policies that have left more and more Canadians under surveillance.
Tackling Canada’s evolution into a surveillance state in an era of climate change, the film pieces together interviews with experts and Canadians who have been victimized by surveillance with footage of SHD’s bread and butter: nonviolent direct action, in this case targeting Canada’s spy agencies.
In turns captivating, moving, enraging and inspiring, Whoa Canada is never boring. It’s a testament to the power of a group of young people with a couple cameras and an idea, and a searing indictment of the Harper decade.
Put your feet up, get some popcorn and watch it. Election day is next Monday, and these are some of the real issues we should be talking about, instead of distractions like the niqab.