Silence is Gold: Free expression in the age of mega-corporations

Date: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: 
Toronto: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

On April 1, Cinema Politica, a Toronto-based Canadian organization committed to defending and promoting freedom of expression, will be holding the Toronto premiere of their investigative documentary, Silence is Gold. The documentary will explore the issue of whether free speech still exists in the age of mega-corporations.

The film focuses on Alain Deneault, who in 2008 released a book entitled Noir Canada, about corruption and crime in the mining industry in Africa. Deneault and his publisher were threatened with a defamation suit by Canadian mining company, Barrick Gold. Filmmaker Julien Fr├ęchette followed the Noir Canada case and the debate over strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs), over the course of four years.

The film is being co-presented with the National Film Board of Canada, and the event will feature special guests. The event starts at 6:30 pm, with tickets available for a suggested donation of $5 to $10. For more information, visit the Silence is Gold Facebook page.