The Fruit Machine
Saturday, February 29, at 2:30 pm in Fernwood (N207)
English, French with English subtitles
ABOUT THE FILM
Against the backdrop of Cold War paranoia, Canada investigated federal employees and military personnel considered susceptible to Soviet blackmail. Homosexuality – considered a “character weakness” – was grounds for RCMP surveillance and persecution. In the national witch-hunt known as the “gay purge” – which continued through the late 1980s – thousands of dedicated public servants were interrogated, threatened, demoted and dismissed. Their careers ruined, many suffered psychologically; some died by suicide. Now the survivors of this shameful history of state-sanctioned homophobia recount their profoundly personal stories of betrayal by the Canadian government. Named Best Documentary at Calgary’s Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival and Montreal’s Image+Nation.