Politics and History
From its beginnings, the National Film Board has tackled social and economic issues. Excerpts in this theme show how documentary film can play a part in social action.
Front of Steel
"I Just Didn't Want to Die": The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster
"Just One Big Mess": The Halifax Explosion, 1917
Land For Pioneers
On Strike: The Winnipeg General Strike, 1919
Rush for Gold - The Klondike Gold Rush, 1897
"They Didn't Starve Us Out": Industrial Cape Breton in the 1920s
Voice of Action
When Asia Speaks
Front of Steel
1940, Director: John McDougall
1 min 39 s
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2. How does the repeated use of numbers make the arguments convincing?
3. This movie could have been a passionless depiction of assembly lines. How has the filmmaker made it more emotionally effective?
The modern warfare of World War II needed steel and steel workers. In Canada, Bren guns, ambulances, transport trucks and submarine chasers were manufactured to meet military needs.