GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU
DOCUMENTARY

God Save Justin Trudeau is both an intimate portrait of a young politician and a prime example of politics as spectacle.

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God Save Justin Trudeau or How the Member of Parliament for Papineau became Prime minister of Canada (2015)

 I was put on this planet to do this. I fight and I win. ” – Justin Trudeau

God Save Justin Trudeau is not a boxing movie. Nor an authorized biography.It’s a documentary about the art of politics in the 21st century.

God Save Justin Trudeau follows MP for Papineau Justin Trudeau and Senator Patrick Brazeau as they train for a boxing match that will forever change their lives. Filmmakers Guylaine Maroist and Eric Ruel (Productions de la Ruelle) trace the parallels between boxing and politics, capturing much more than the charity match that caused such a stir in Canadian media.

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A metaphor for the ongoing political struggle between the Liberals and Conservatives since the founding of Canada, God Save Justin Trudeau is both an intimate portrait of a young politician and a prime example of politics as spectacle.

The boxing match resulted in a stunning victory for Justin Trudeau. The MP for Papineau was propelled to the top of the Liberal Party and became Prime minister of Canada, while Conservative senator Patrick Brazeau saw his fortunes tumble.

Is winning a boxing match all it takes today to move up the political ranks and woo voters? Are social media and new ways of consuming information making us focus much more on appearances than content? Are politicians themselves victims of our fascination with compelling, reductive images?

At the dawn of the 21st century, the art of politics is increasingly defined by spectacle and staging. The predictions of great media theorists like Guy Debord, Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman and Noam Chomsky seem to be coming true.

God Save Justin Trudeau (2015) 81 mins. or 52 mins. (ENG and FR versions)
Available now on DVD, ITunes and VIMEO.

A film by Guylaine Maroist and Eric Ruel
Les Productions de la Ruelle inc.


Is boxing the best way, in the early twenty-first century, to win hearts and minds in the public, political and media spheres?
Is boxing the best way, in the early twenty-first century, to win hearts and minds in the public, political and media spheres?
Is boxing the best way, in the early twenty-first century, to win hearts and minds in the public, political and media spheres?
Is boxing the best way, in the early twenty-first century, to win hearts and minds in the public, political and media spheres?

 I was put on this planet to do this. I fight and I win. 
– Justin Trudeau

Synopsis

These were the words of Liberal MP Justin Trudeau a couple of hours before taking on former Conservative senator Patrick Brazeau in a boxing match. Tracing the path of Canada’s most prominent politician, God Save Justin Trudeau follows the amateur boxer during his training in the weeks leading up to fight night. What was his gamble? Changing the minds of those who doubted his skill. Sports analysts and political commentators pegged Patrick Brazeau as the five-to-one favourite to win. For partisans, the fight became a symbol of the battle between the Conservatives and Liberals in Parliament. Is there a parallel between boxing and politics? What does it take to win? Is boxing the best way, in the early twenty-first century, to win hearts and minds in the public, political and media spheres?

Feature-length documentary
Directed by Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel
Productions de la ruelle (2015)

Available now on DVDITunes and VIMEO.

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Press Release

Press Release

Cast and Crew

God Save Justin Trudeau
A film by Guylaine Maroist and Eric Ruel
Feature-length documentary (81 minutes)

Distributed by: Productions de la ruelle inc.
Produced by: 9212-5913 Québec Inc

Directors
Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel

Script and narration
Guylaine Maroist

Narration texts
Sylvain Cormier
Guylaine Maroist

Consultants
Sylvain Cormier
Daniel Dupré
Martin Geoffroy
Ali Nestor Charles
Marcel Sabourin

Research and interviews
Guylaine Maroist

Directors of photography
Jean-François Perreault
Éric Ruel

Additional camera
Geneviève Ringuet

Photography
Bernard Brault
Marie-Michèle Tremblay

Sound
Daniel Ferland
Guylaine Maroist
Éric Ruel
Marc Tawil
Pascal Van Strydonck

Camera assistant
Martin Lavallée

Production/post-production assistants
Étienne Bruyère
Brigitte DesRosiers
Mary Lou Maroist
Noémie Martineau

Editing
Eric Ruel

Computer graphics
Hektor.co

Posters
Dick Plywood Solutions, François Savard
Guillaume Lépine
Hektor.co

Sound mixing
Studio Interlock Audio – SIA
François Lacasse

Transcription of dialogues
Carmen Desmeules

Translation
Valérie Palacio-Quintin
Vanessa Nicolai

Additional voices
Christine Boulet
Mario Simard

With the participation
of Brigitte M for the song «God Save The King»
and Richard Desrochers for «God Save The Queeen»

Legal services
Carole Gingras

Consultant funding
Nathalie Petit

Accounting production and postproduction
Maryse Bellemare

Productions de la ruelle inc. MMXV
9212-5913 Québec Inc

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