Canada is the only country in the world repealing gun control. Up In Arms reveals how gun enthusiasts are winning converts and building a powerful lobby in the image of America’s NRA (National Rifle Association). Meanwhile, in Toronto’s marginalized neighbourhoods, the film follows youths involved in a program designed to keep them away from guns, gangs, and drugs. In these strikingly different communities, connected only by the gun, perspectives are set against the backdrop of disturbing statistics about the relationship between gun deregulation and gun violence.

Format: 1 x 1 hour, Feature Documentary 75 mins

“The gun lobby is becoming a Canadian NRA… this documentary will chill your bones.”
Heather Mallick, Toronto Star“Trying to reach across a gulf with empathy, humanity and reason is just about the last thing to expect in Canada’s gun control debates.”
Mark Kay, Torontoist

“The best thing about Pequeneza’s approach is her slow, methodical style that gets us right into the debate and her refusal to go for quick fix answers.”
Jim Bawden



September 23, 2015 at 9PM (repeats at midnight)
September 25, 2015 at 10PM
September 27, 2015 at 11PM


November 23, 2015 at 9PM

Knowledge Network

October 18, 2016 at 9PM



TVO Documentaries


Up In Arms: What Do You Think? invites users to learn and share their opinions about issues related to gun control and public safety.


Director/Producer Nadine Pequeneza
Cinematographer Stan Barua csc
Sound Recordists Paul Adlaf, Jeff Reyes, Brian Sheridan, Daniel Hewitt
Editor Denis Tacaks
Original Music Alex Khaskin
Music Orchestration Stan Fomin



Produced by HitPlay Productions in association with TVO, Knowledge Network, and SRC, and with the participation of CMF, The Bell Fund, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and Television Tax Credit.