"I have become post facto a representative of the country. So if you ask, 'Is Mermaids a Canadian film?—it has become one. It has become a means whereby people characterize Canadian film. I think in the creation of Mermaids, I did see it in political terms. I thought of the underdog. Canada is not a superpower by any means. It's very quietly, comfortably democratic, but it's plagued by a sense of inferiority."
-- Patricia Rozema
Brownworth, Victoria A., and Judith M. Redding "Patricia Rozema: I've Heard the Mermaids Singing." In Film Fatales: Independent Women Directors. Seattle: Seal Press, 1997. (p. 208)