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date: 21 September 2020

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Quebec ciné-feminism has continuously evolved since the 1970s to adapt to new policy environments and changing discourses of feminism through the evolution of new platforms of dissemination, production, and funding. Both the early films produced at the En Tant Que Femmes series at the National Film Board and the first independent features directed by women in Quebec incorporated a distinct form of political modernism. This chapter demonstrates how such modernism came to be marginalized throughout the 1980s, facilitated and accompanied by a shift in cultural policy that was increasingly oriented around the prioritization of commercial objectives. The final section of the essay analyzes various contemporary sites of feminist film practice in which the adaptability to new policy environments, the emergence of unique cross-cultural collaborations, and the appropriation of new platforms of media delivery attest to the diversity and ingenuity of Quebec ciné-feminism.

Keywords: feminism, modernism, intercultural, postnational, film policy

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