AFTER FACT (2020) is a broadcast-hour documentary that animates findings of the Canadian Worlds of Journalism Study with an in-depth portrait of the working lives of a four Canadian journalists and the stories they choose to tell, at a time of profound transformation in, and threat to, the news industry. Beyond its general-audience screenings, versions of the film will be available for high-school and post-secondary educational use with complementary educational materials highlighting findings for our Study.
What does journalism look like when lies trump truth, clicks control the news, and layoffs abound? AFTER FACT (2020) is an unvarnished, observational portrait of real-life news work in Canada. A broadcast investigative journalist oscillates between covering an unsolved celebrity-murder story and a policy chasm that costs schoolchildren’s lives. A small-city reporter watches colleagues’ desks empty as she fights to believe her job still matters. A tough young City Hall reporter puts a human face to decayed housing. Canada’s first crowdfunded independent journalist covers city council with no other reporters in sight. Filmed over the course of three years during a cataclysmic shift in the business of news, AFTER FACT (2020) documents what we all stand to lose in the face of journalism’s decline.
DIRECTOR: LINDSAY FITZGERALD
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: IVOR SHAPIRO
RELEASE DATE: MAY 2020