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

The Back-breaking Leaf 1

Billy Crane Moves Away

Billy Crane Moves Away 1

Billy Crane Moves Away 2

Camera On Labour no. 4

Camera On Labour no. 4 1

Citizen Discussions

Citizen Discussions 1

Home Front

Home Front 1

Home Front 2

Newfoundland Sentinel of the Atlantic

Newfoundland Sentinel of the Atlantic 1

Strike in Town

Strike in Town 1

Home Front

1940, Director:

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Questions 1. This excerpt shows a broader range of women's roles than the first excerpt. Does the excerpt support the suggestion that the Second World War was a step forward in women's struggle for equal rights?

2. Compare this excerpt with the one from Proudly She Marches. Which do you think shows a more positive view of women during the war? Why?

About This Film

Short Description

With the outbreak of World War II women shouldered the tasks of maintaining the home front and providing the support needed by the fighting men.

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