One of the Canada's worst events occured on December 6, 1989, when a lone gunman walked into the Montreal engineering school École Polytechnique. Marc Lepine killed 14 women and injured ten others, along with four men. He then turned the gun on himself and took his own life, bringing to an end one of Montreal and the country's grimmest legacies.
Over 20 years later, Montreal still has to cope with that legacy. For the first time on English language television here in Canada, CBC will tonight air Polytechnique. The film won nine Genie Awards and was nominated for an Oscar. Denis Villeneuve tells the story of that day through the eyes of to students at the school whose lives were changed forever, and despite the subject matter, he hopes it can be seen as an instrument for healing.
It airs tonight (Sunday), at 8pm (8.30 NT) and is followed by The National, where Wendy Mesley will explore the legacy of the events. She interviews some female engineering students who are still fighting for equality 22 years later. Also interviewed is Karine Vanasse, star of the movie who won her Genie for Best Actress. She's best known now for playing Colette Valois on Pan-Am.
Director Villeneuve visited George Stroumboulopoulos last year, you can watch the interview below: