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Femmes et religieuses... Ouvrières de Dieu - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB523901
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  André Gladu
Directors:  Lucie Lachapelle
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Civics, Documentary, Politics, Religious Studies, Social Issues, Women's Studies
Language:  French
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  49:16
Closed Captions:  Yes

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These benchmark historical documentaries for the first time paint a portrait of those thousands of women who answered God's call. From the foundation of New France until the present, the epic history of the nuns constitutes a legacy of inestimable historic value. Lucie Lachapelle directs a caustic and tender look at the turbulent journey of these women, at the same time wives and workers of God.

The second episode, Labouring for God, reports on the development of the nuns' work in Quebec society and of their mission. The social upheavals caused by the Quiet Revolution (in the sixties) mark the decline of their activities, which are leading to a redefinition of their mission. Today they are at the point where the State is withdrawing and they are considering new approaches. Inspired by their community utopia, the nuns continue to create mutual co-operation networks here and in the countries of the Third World, not without questioning whether such a system is fully justified. In French with English subtitles.

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