|Directed by Lorna Rasmussen and Anne Wheeler|
|Canada, 1975 (documentary, 29 minutes, colour, English)|
|Photo © National Film Board of Canada|
|Video (National Film Board of Canada)|
"An appreciation of the women who settled the Prairies, beginning with the early immigration and ending with the victory of being the first women in Canada to receive the provincial vote. Recollections of women are complemented by a series of quotations drawn from letters, diaries, and newspapers of the day, which are spoken over re-enacted scenes and archival photographs."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)
Film Description [in French] :
|Film Credits (partial):|
|Produced by:||Kathleen Shannon, John Taylor|
|Cinematography:||Lorna Rasmussen, Anne Wheeler|
|Film Editing:||Bob Reece|
|Music:||Ann Mortifee, Doug Edwards|
|Production Company:||National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada, Filmwest Associates Ltd.|
"Most of what has been documented so far has been male-oriented. As a result, little is known about the day-to-day lives of pioneer women, who often faced incredible hardships and deprivation."
-- Anne Wheeler (source)
"The directors deploy 'talking heads' in a feminist strategy to represent the women, now seniors, as voices of authority. Women face the camera
directly as they recount their memories, enumerating valuable details,
pronouncing and judging through personal experience. The background, a
woman's kitchen or parlor, reinscribes the offical space (most often the
television studio or the professional office) usually reserved for traditional talking heads and asserts the authority of the domestic sphere."
-- Gail Vanstone (source)