Saturday, September 20, 2008

A video making a difference in Quebec: "Culture en peril"

Here's a video that's been linked to in the Globe today that has received upwards of 175,000 hits now. It's the most viewed video at YouTube's Canada video page today. It's got to be one of the best videos of the campaign, addressing the arts cuts enacted by the Conservatives in a very clever manner. Here's the description that accompanies the English translation, although the French version of "Culture en peril" should be readily understandable by most:

"This video was created by a few Qu├ębec artists to denounce the cuts in cultural funding by the Conservative government, led by Stephen Harper. This version includes english subtitles.

When Beau Dommage's Michel Rivard visits a newly formed governmental committee overseeing cultural financing, language gaps and cultural misunderstandings abounds, mostly when Rivard plays his classical song, "La Complainte du Phoque en Alaska" (The Complaint of the Seal in Alaska)..."