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Montreal’s Gay Village: A Multi-Generational Oral History and Documentary Film


Montreal’s Gay Village: A Multi-Generational Oral History and Documentary Film

Dragonas, Stephanie (2019) Montreal’s Gay Village: A Multi-Generational Oral History and Documentary Film. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Montreal's Gay Village: outlawed, out-dated, or just out late? Through a multi-generational queer oral history, this research-creation documentary project explores Montreal's Gay Village, a neighbourhood that is in an economic downturn. By unearthing the neighbourhood's and community's heavily charged history through the personal stories of local community members, this documentary project offers contextualization to a place that is changing rapidly. By including LGBTQ+ community members of all ages, this documentary attempts to put multiple generations of queer people in conversation with one another as the dynamic relationships between the place, its history, interpretations of its history, and individual's varying lived experiences within the space are examined. How has the evolution of Montreal's Gay Village both as a place (physically) and a space (its socio-political positioning) impacted identities - both personal and communal? How does intergenerational dialogue, or a lack thereof, contribute to an understanding of spaces and their significance, both symbolic and material?

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
Concordia University > Research Units > Hexagram - The Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Dragonas, Stephanie
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:March 2019
Thesis Supervisor(s):Miller, Liz
Keywords:oral history, documentary, queer oral history, gay village, queer space, intergenerational dialogue, walking interviews
ID Code:985303
Deposited On:17 Jun 2019 18:37
Last Modified:17 Jun 2019 18:37


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