Was Louis Riel a hero or a traitor?
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Was Louis Riel a hero and a martyr or just a criminal? Even after 120 years the jury is still out, although it leans towards Riel as a bonefide Father of Confederation or, at least, a patriot.
Why is Louis Riel a hero? | Why
To answer the question "Is Louis Riel a Hero or a Traitor?" I chose to make a short documentary entitled "Louis Riel: A Canadian Hero". As can be deduced by the title, I believe the Louis Riel was and still is a national hero to Canada. My film gives a brief background of what led to Louis Riel becoming a hero and then explains his historical and current legacy as a heroic leader of the Métis people. This is achieved by combining a number of different elements. To begin with, I wrote and narrated a script for the film that explains and ties together the various elements of the story. As is typical of a documentary film, the narration is not long. As part of this project, I conducted an interview with Jean Teillet, a lawyer who has represented the Metis in numerous cases, including the recent Manitoba Metis Federation case, and who is herself not only a Metis person, but a descendant of Louis Riel. The rest of the documentary is constructed of photographs from Louis Riel's time and from the modern era. The interesting challenge was to edit the photographs, the interview, and the narration together into a film that is compelling to watch and tells the story. In order to make the film even more compelling, I composed an original musical score and performed it as well using a professional music composing program called Logic.