The crew of Harperman: A Dissident Serenade were recently welcomed into the lives and homes of the intrepid folk who released the viral Youtube video, Harperman, a Protest Song,
After Tony Turner’s song “Harperman”, won Gil’s Hootenanny Song Writing Contest he and other musicians and singers involved in the Ottawa folk scene as well as socially conscious members of their community were invited to a sing-along. The YouTube video of that sing-along soon went viral and they un-wittingly inspired the entire nation.
While there, the film crew immersed themselves into their world and found others who were equally eager to discuss the issues plaguing our nation under the Harper regime. Interviewees such as Edgar Schmidt, Debi Daviau, Emmanualle Trembley, Dr. Suzanne Mills, Dr. Len Wallace, Dr. Steven Campana and Dr. Richard Moon gave professional and informed insights into issues like the Democracy Deficit and Human Rights infringements facing Canadians today. We soon discovered that these issues are what have created the harsh political climate which would inspire the use of intimidation tactics such as those imposed on one public servant for the perceived infraction of creative free speech.
After the song “Harperman” written by censored and unfairly maligned public servant and singer/song writer, Tony Turner, began to go viral on Youtube the Harper Government attempted to silence him by a protracted investigation claiming to scrutinize his art for conflicts with codes of conduct for Canadian public servants.
However, beginning with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and as upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991, government employees like Tony were assured the right to openly express their views and to act on them – politically or otherwise.
“Harperman: A Dissident Serenade” is a new all-Canadian documentary exploration of the “Harperman” sensation, the movement evolving around it, the people who made the viral video take shape, it’s impact on our current political climate and an in-depth analysis of the issues raised by the treatment of the songwriter and the criticisms of Harperism levied within the song itself.
This election may be the most important one in our lifetimes — perhaps in the history of this nation — and due to the time-sensitive nature of issues dealt with in this short pre-release Director, Cody Lanktree has worked tirelessly to bring together some of the most important insights and information we have gathered to Canadians before they cast their ballots on Monday.