I’m Just Here for the Riot

After the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup in 2011, Canucks fans stunned the world with an all-out riot on the streets of downtown Vancouver. Asia Youngman and Kathleen Jayme’s thought-provoking film engages with Canucks fans who chose to riot and the aftermath of their choices. Interviews with witnesses and experts provide a fulsome portrait of the world’s “first smartphone riot.” In a country that trades on its reputation for politeness, this documentary offers an alternate narrative of Canada, one in which everyday citizens engage in explosive and violent behaviours if their hockey team loses a game.

I’m Just Here for the Riot places settler rage, consumer chaos, mob-mentality, and social media vigilantism under the microscope, offering a fresh perspective on an illuminating moment in Canadian history.

Co-presented by Workman Arts.


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