Are lesbian nuns a Canadian Heritage Minute?
Would you consider lesbian nuns in love a part of our Canadian heritage?
They haven't been officially endorsed but an enterprising Canadian filmmaker might convince you they are. (After all, who doesn't love a lesbian nun?)
The Historica-Dominion Institute releases the official Heritage Minutes (called Historica Minutes: History by the Minute), which are 60-second short films that portray moments in Canadian history. Numerous parodies have been made.
Quebec director Dominic Poliquin offers his own queer-tinged take on the Heritage Minutes (entitled "Heritage Moment") with some short films that closely mimic the Historica Minutes style.
Poliquin previously released a "Heritage Moment" that paid tribute to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada in 2005, featuring an Anglo RCMP officer proposing to a Sûreté du Québec policeman (played by Poliquin).
(2 Frogs in the West director Dany Papineau makes an appearance as a photographer.)
This time around, he offers a female take on the same subject.
It follows the long-lasting love between two women (played by Sandra Croteau and Jennifer Jobin-Shaw) who develop a mutual attraction as nuns in a Montreal convent in the 1950s.