Monthly Archives: November 2017

Fall Cinema Academica showings Nov 18, 25, Dec 2




This week at Cinema Academica:

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa. room 339


Exploring the anti-vax movement 

2 hours of anti-vaccination expert clips followed by discussion


Upcoming at Cinema Academica (tentative listing):

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa, room 339Social Theory of Freedom of Expression

A Cinema Academica talk by

Dr Denis Rancourt

Researcher, Ontario Civil Liberties Association (


If there is one feature of social organization that speaks to our fundamental human nature, then it is our relentless creation, maintenance and growth of dominance hierarchy.

I will describe civil rights and the fundamental human right of freedom of expression as necessary maintenance and self-repair mechanisms for any large dominance hierarchy (civilization, nation, corporation…) to thrive rather than suffer partial or total collapse.

In this picture, all laws are evolving codes to organize, stabilize and enforce a growing and complexifying dominance hierarchy. Predictably, the codes themselves are often “hacked” by upper-strata groups that are overly ambitious in seeking additional relative advantages. This produces “pathological” laws that destabilize the overall hierarchy. I will argue that present anti-speech laws (internet censorship, correctness codes, civil defamation, secrecy laws, criminal hate speech) are such pathological laws, the degree of application of which is a measure of the degree of totalitarianism in the society.

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa, room 339

What Would Jesus Buy? is a 2007 documentary film produced by Morgan Spurlock and directed by Rob VanAlkemade. The title is a take-off on the phrase “What would Jesus do?“. The film debuted on the festival circuit on March 11, 2007, at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. It went into general U.S. release on November 16, 2007.

The film follows the exploits of the semi-fictional group Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. Although founded as a performance collective rather than an actual religious organization, members of the group express spiritual viewpoints against excessive consumerism and materialism, particularly in the context of Christmas. The aforementioned Reverend Billy, played by social activist Bill Talen, is intended by its non-Christian performer not as parody but as a living example of past radical preachers.




full movie
This will be our last showing for fall 2017. The series resumes January 13, 2018.