Traitor or Patriot

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Traitor or Patriot
Traître ou Patriote
Directed by Jacques Godbout
Starring Jacques Godbout
Release date
  • 2000 (2000)
Country Canada
Language French

Traitor or Patriot (Original French-language title: Traître ou Patriote) is a Quebec documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in 2000. It is directed by and starring Jacques Godbout. Its style belongs to the Quebec cinéma direct school of filmmaking.


It analyzes the place of Quebec Premier Adélard Godbout in history. Godbout is not well-considered by Quebec historians and citizens. Adérald Godbout was the Second World War–era Quebec head of government, and the great-uncle of the director. Godbout advances some theories to explain why his great-uncle was forgotten in the collective memory of the Quebecers. One theory is that Adélard Godbout was more favourable than other political leaders to conscription. Quebec nationalists, at the time, opposed conscription, which they saw as a British imperialist manoeuvre of English Canada to defend the Empire.[1]


Like other documentaries of his (Le Mouton noir, for example), Traître ou Patriote showcases Jacques Godbout's own style of putting himself into the narrative thread: he sets up scenes where he researches his subject and interacts with others, to help push the documentary forward. One example of this is when he is filmed asking historians at a reception if they can recognize the picture of Godbout, the politician, which they cannot. Jacques Godbout provides his own voice for the voice-overs of the English version.

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  1. ^ Chouinard, Tommy (14 September 2000). "Trou de mémoire". Voir (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 

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