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VTR St-Jacques ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB524627
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  George C. Stoney
Directors:  Bonnie Sherr Klein
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Architecture, Documentary, Media Literacy, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1969
Running Time:  26:25


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An experiment in using videotape recording (VTR) and closed-circuit television to stimulate social action in a poor district of Montréal. A citizens' committee, formed in the downtown neighbourhood of St-Jacques, was given a VTR unit, which they used to record people's problems and concerns. After viewing the edited tapes, people recognized their common problems and began to talk of joint solutions. In trying to change what needed changing they ran into resistance, but the effectiveness of this means of promoting joint action had been tested and proved.



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