Social Issues and the Economy
National Film Board documentaries reflect upon incidents from Canada’s past and show political history as it happens.
The Back-breaking Leaf
1962, Director: Terence Macartney-Filgate
1 min 29 s
2. How does the camera technique contribute to the film's treatment of transient labour and the hard work of tobacco picking?
Smokers say it's relaxing, but tobacco harvesters call it "the back-breaking leaf." Here is a graphic picture of the tobacco harvest in southwestern Ontario, presented from the points of view of the transient field workers who move in for a brief bonanza when the leaves are ripe, and of the farmers who depend solely on this crop. A 1959 black and white production.
Running Time: 27 min 36 s
Director Terence Macartney-Filgate
Producer Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor
Script and Text Stanley Jackson
Images Terence Macartney-Filgate, Gilles Gascon
Editor John Spotton
Music Eldon Rathburn
Sound Terence Macartney-Filgate, George Croll, Victor Merrill
Producers National Film Board of Canada