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Professor Norman Cornett: 'Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?'

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
Canada, 2009 (documentary, 81 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "Professeur Norman Cornett : 'Depuis quand ressent-on l'obligation de répondre correctement au lieu de répondre honnêtement?'"
Professor Norman Cornett: 'Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?'
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)
Video (National Film Board of Canada) [French]

Film Description:
"It's the start of a new semester and a fresh crop of undergraduates is filing into Professor Norman Cornett's class. There is a growing sense of curiosity in the room as Cornett distributes the lyrics to Another Brick in the Wall -- and then leads the students in a rousing rendition of the counter-culture anthem: 'We don't need no thought control...' This is not what they were expecting from Religious Studies. Over the years Professor Cornett has won the respect and loyalty of scores of students with his unconventional approach to teaching. [...] With her own keen interest in how society educates its young, Obomsawin responds to McGill's controversial 2007 dismissal of Cornett with a tribute to this exceptional professor. Taking the unusual step of turning her camera on a non-Native subject, she draws upon the energy of Cornett's young supporters to reflect upon the virtues of an open mind and generous spirit."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Alanis Obomsawin
Produced by: Adam Symansky, Robert Verrall
Narrator: Alanis Obomsawin
Film Editing: Alison Burns
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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