A Quebec short film that shines a light on anti-immigration extremism in the province has made it into the Oscar conversation.
Pier-Philippe Chevigny’s Rebel grabs the audience’s attention by addressing the topic through the eyes of a child.
“I thought it would be interesting to tell the story of right-wing extremism in Quebec, but through the eyes of a child who doesn’t understand. He will just witness something that triggers his understanding,” Chevigny explained in an interview.
The 32-year-old Montreal filmmaker says he was inspired to make Rebel after seeing news footage of a 2017 protest in Quebec City. Anti-immigration group La Meute was demonstrating against Islam, Sharia Law, and illegal immigration.