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The Things I Cannot Change ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB522349
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  John Kemeny
Directors:  Tanya Ballantyne
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Business Studies, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1966
Running Time:  55m 05s


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This film is considered to be the forerunner of the NFB's Challenge for Change Program. It is a look at a family in trouble, seen from the inside. There is the trouble with the police, the begging for stale bread at the convent, the birth of another child, and the father who explains his family's predicament. Although filmed in Montréal, this is the anatomy of poverty as it occurs in North America, seen by a camera that became part of the family's life for several weeks. A sequel to this film was made in 1986, under the title Courage to Change, showing what happend to the Bailey family 18 years later.

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