In 1984, the Canadian branch of the United Auto Workers
, represented by Bob White
, and General Motors Canada, represented by Rod Andrew
, sat down to negotiate a new wage agreement. GM had gotten the American UAW to agree to profit sharing
and was dead-set on doing the same in the North; the Canadians were bitterly opposed to the idea. By the end of the negotiation, workers had struck, negotiators had been stabbed in the back, White and his allies had split
from the UAW to form the CAW
, and a compromise was reached that left everyone a bit unhappy - but the workers less so than their managers. Filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson
used his unprecedented access to both teams of negotiators to craft Final Offer
, "the best collective bargaining film ever made."
You can stream the movie in its entirety at the National Film Board's website
posted by Going To Maine
on Apr 13, 2014 -
This documentary pokes fun at the ways in which Inuit people have been treated as “exotic” documentary subjects by turning the lens onto the strange behaviours of Qallunaat (the Inuit word for white people). The term refers less to skin colour than to a certain state of mind: Qallunaat greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain about being cold, and want to dominate the world. Their odd dating habits, unsuccessful attempts at Arctic exploration, overbearing bureaucrats and police, and obsession with owning property are curious indeed.
A collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak, Qallunaat! brings the documentary form to an unexpected place in which oppression, history, and comedy collide.
Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny
posted by Rumple
on Jan 30, 2014 -
Mentioned here earlier in its beta form
, Canada's National Film Board has released the bulk of its films online, for free, in the NFB Screening Room.
With hundreds of films from the 1920s
onwards, including groundbreaking work by animator Norman McLaren
, documentaries, dramas, bizarre anti-smoking (or pro-smoking?) screeds
and much, much more, it's a breathtaking trove of amazing film to be discovered from north of the 49th. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Jan 22, 2009 -