Karla (film)

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Date: 2005

Region: North America

Subject: Violence

Medium: Film Video


Artist: Michael Sellers, World Montreal Film Festival

Confronting Bodies: Ontario Government, Paul MacGuinty, Tim Danson, the French and Mahaffy families

Dates of Action: Aug. 4, 2005

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Description of Artwork: Originally titled Deadly, Karla is based on the real life murders of two Ontario schoolgirls by Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo

The Incident: Controversial from the very beginning, it had sparked calls for boycotts and bans by the Ontario government when it was announced that it would premier at the Montreal World Film Festival. Tim Danson who represented the French and Mahaffy families, calling the film "Exploitive and sensational"

The producers of the film had offered advanced screenings for the families and had cut explicit scenes.

Results of Incident: Cancellation of Aug. 26 premier at the Montreal World Film Festival

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cpress/20050803/ca_pr_on_en/film_homolka_1