Critical Writing Index

Documemories: An anthology celebrates the NFB's Challenge for Change documentaries

by Matthew Hays

POV, Summer 2011, no. 82, p. 64

Matthew Hays's book review of Challenge for Change: Activist Documentary at the NFB of Canada, explains Canada's considerable influence on the evolution of documentary film making. This book provides an epic examination of this movement called Challenge for Change/Societe Nouvelle series (1967-80), which aimed to marry new doc filmmaking techinques with progressive politics. It also offers up some excellent assessments of the films in focus, including Brenda Longfellow's The Things I Cannot Change, which has long been held up as an example of exploitative filmmaking.

ITEM 2011.006 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The Things I Cannot ChangeBrenda Longfellow