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March 15, 2024 10 mins

The brutal “treatments” that the Canadian government and CIA jointly funded at the height of the Cold War era’s brainwashing paranoia are the stuff of nightmares. Patients with diagnoses as innocent as postpartum depression were rendered virtual zombies for life, creating a legacy of intergenerational trauma and perpetrator guilt that inspired filmmaker Emanuel Foucault’s riveting short film Washer. In this episode Emanuel describes:

·      The devastating mind control experiments conducted at Montreal’s notorious Allen Memorial Institute.
·      Adapting history for a short film.
·      Finding amazing actors. 
·      Crowd-funding three times more money than he asked for.
·      His plans for a tree planting horror story!

EMANUEL FOUCAULT is an actor, writer, editor and producer for both stage and screen dividing his time between Montreal and Victoria.

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 Podcast Production Team:
·      Technical Director: Paul Ruta
·      Sound Editor: Michael Korican
·      Host, Researcher & copywriter: Joyce Kline
·      Co-Producers: Joyce Kline, Michael Korican, Paul Ruta

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