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Up In Arms

Since the repeal of Canada’s long-gun registry, gun sales are up, gun clubs are booming, and a once silent minority is coming out of the closet. Up In Arms takes viewers inside Canada’s evolving gun culture to witness 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.

Featuring John Evers, Tony Bernardo, Paulette Langlois, Bill Blair, Roderick Brereton and Alex.

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.


Director/Writer Nadine Pequeneza

Producer Nadine Pequeneza

Executive Producer Jane Jankovic for TVO

Cinematographer Stan Barua CSC

Sound Recordist Jeff Reyes

Editor Denis Takacs

Composer Alex Khaskin

Music Orchestration Stan Fomin

  • The gun lobby is becoming a Canadian NRA... this documentary will chill your bones.

    Heather Mallick, Toronto Start

  • 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

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