Rebellion in post-war Quebec against the conservative regime unveiled silently the influential Quiet Revolution. The gradual liberation of society cultivated generation of Quebecois filmmakers to become auteurs. In addition to participating in the establishment of direct cinema, they made a lot of important films in the style of realism. Not only did these works reflect the social deterioration at the time, they also sparked colonial consciousness and identity crisis.
For the sake of defending its local language and culture, Quebec has long been a sphere of political conflicts. Led by the National Film Board of Canada, film authorities granted Quebecois directors creative freedom by funding their films on political issues from the perspectives of protesters. Significant political events in Quebec such as the October Crisis and the two independence referendums inspired different remarkable works with unique forms and acute criticism.
Drifting with the global tide in the 1980s, the Quebecois society yawned a vast chasm away from the traditional culture under the influence of secularisation and modernisation. The invasion of American capitalism and the sharp decline of Catholic power were the most obvious. Quebecois independent films once again connected with world cinema, among which Denys Arcand was the most successful film directors gets Quebec a wider, more global audience.
Entering the millennium, young independent filmmakers still remained creatively autonomous. Given that people’s lives have become more affluent and stable and social unrest appeared at times, these filmmakers become bolder in their attempts and experiments with new forms of filming and emphasised on their own notions. Disillusionment occurred to them only when they found a discrepancy between what they could control and what they expect, when the world turned out to be not as wonderful as they imagined.