Science, Environment and Health

Documentaries can uncover the hidden secrets of the natural world and reveal the beauty of our surroundings. They can also explore the environmental issues and show the human dimensions of medical science.


23 Skidoo

23 Skidoo 1

Beyond the Naked Eye

Beyond the Naked Eye 1

A Day in the National Parks

A Day in the National Parks 1

The Dikes

The Dikes 1

Emergence of a Dragonfly

Emergence of a Dragonfly 1

Octopus Hunt

Octopus Hunt 1

Out of Silence

Out of Silence 1

Reflections on Suffering

Reflections on Suffering 1

Reflections on Suffering 2

Rural Health

Rural Health 1

The Winds of Fogo

The Winds of Fogo 1

The Dikes

1955, Director: Roger Blais

      1 min 29 s


Questions 1. How does the filmmaker express the theme of 'man against nature' in a dramatic way?

2. There is no music or narration for the first section of this excerpt. How does that affect the impact of the scenes?

3. This is a documentary about a real subject, yet the film dramatizes the subject with staged action. Is there a difference between the documentary use of staged material and the kind of fictional drama we see in feature films? What makes the dramatization here still 'documentary'?

About This Film

Short Description

A dramatized presentation of the work of the Maritime Marshlands Reclamation Administration in the reclaiming of flooded agricultural regions along the Bay of Fundy.

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