Guy Rex Rodgers
Country of Origin
Quebec’s citizens are divided by different histories, sources of pride and grievances. Young people experience Quebec differently than seniors, who have lived through decades of religious and linguistic conflict. Québécois living in the regions often see Montreal as a foreign metropolis. Quebec is increasingly the story of immigrants, the distinctly labelled Allophones, who think it is time for old-stock Francos and Anglos to get over their long-lost wars of conquest to deal with the urgent problems of the 21st century.
Director Biography – Guy Rex Rodgers
Guy Rex Rodgers is a screenwriter and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. He has worked extensively on multimedia productions in Canada, Europe and the USA and has also worked in documentary television as a writer and interviewer.
Since arriving in Quebec in 1980, Guy Rex Rodgers has been an activist within the English-speaking community, founding several cultural institutions: the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), the Quebec Writers’ Federation and the Quebec Drama Federation. He was appointed to the founding board of le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
In 2020, on the 50th anniversary of Québec’s FLQ crisis, Guy Rex Rodgers began writing and directing a series of documentaries to examine the evolving sense of identity and belonging in Quebec’s minority English-speaking communities, interviewing dozens of Quebecers in six groups based upon waves of immigration.
Waves of Change – six x 30-minute episodes – was broadcast on MAtv in September 2021. A French subtitled version was broadcast in the summer of 2022. A feature-length documentary entitled What We Choose to Remember opened the Hudson Film festival in May 2022, produced with the National Film Board’s Filmmaker’s Assistance Program. The third installment in this documentary project is a 60-minute program for CBC that will be aired in September 2022 and available on CBC GEM.