A meeting of leaders from the world’s 20 largest economies in June 2010 spent more than $1.3 billion on security measures, more than all previous G8/G20 summits combined.
Exclusion zones, overlapping layers of security fencing and an estimated 25,000 police and military personnel transformed downtown Toronto into an armed camp.
Through street level footage and interviews with organizers and city residents, Tales from the G20 traces the overt breakdown in civil liberties that occurred during the summit, from unmarked vans with snatch squads of plainclothes police to the pre-emptive arrest of activists now facing years in prison for organizing demonstrations.
Cinema Politica hosts a screening of the documentary in room 108, Odette Building , at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 2. Admission is by donation.