restricted access The Cinema: Another Face of Colonised Québec (Canada, 1971)

On its surface, the APCQ manifesto, written on behalf of the organization by Raymond- Marie Léger, arose in response to the seizing of two Québécois soft-core porn films—Pile ou face (Roger Fournier, 1970) and Après ski (Roger Cardinal, 1971), both examples of the briefly successful sub-genre dubbed “Maple Syrup porn” by Variety— after the films were denounced by members of the Catholic clergy, even though the films had been certified for public screening. Yet the manifesto also addresses the way in which Québécois cinema was historically colonized by English Canada, the clergy, and the United States, arguing that cultural expression should take supremacy over solely capitalist considerations.