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Alternate Route ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527331
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Chantal Bowen, Ginny Stikeman, Joanne Carrière, Don Haig
Directors:  Denise Withers
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Business Studies, Civics, Documentary, Social Issues
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1997
Running Time:  45m
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Alternate Route features young women and men who are fighting back against the economic oppression that comes from living in a society with too many people for too few jobs. They are fighting back--not with violence--but with courage and resourcefulness. This is Generation E... and 'E' is for entrepreneur.

From fish to fashion, Alternate Route follows the young owners of four businesses as they deal with the ups and downs of running their companies and their lives. despite all the negative messages they get about unemployment, education and hopelessness, they are not afraid to take risks and are forging ahead to carve out a place for themselves in society. These ambitious young adults prove that one alternative to unemployment is self-employment.

The defiant lyrics of the theme song match the bold and creative energy alive in these young entrepreneurs. Witty animation sequences add a layer of visual playfulness, but the message remains: Do something before it is too late!

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