Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Sara Diamond

1988, 49:53 minutes, colour, English


This tape explores the experiences of British Columbia women who worked during WW2. Non-traditional work in the aircraft, ship-building and the forest industries as well as service sector jobs are highlighted through original footage, dramatizations and oral history. The tape deploys personal testimony and humor to describe women's sometimes rocky integration into the labour force, social attitudes towards women and work, women's changing consciousness and experiences with trade unionism.

Ce documentaire sur la situation des femmes en Colombie-Britannique durant la seconde guerre mondiale se compose de deux parties intitulées Femmes et travail et Femmes et syndicats. Il s'agit d'une reconstitution historique à partir des témoignages d'ouvrières, d'extraits de documentaires, de photographies d'époque et de documents de propagande de guerre.

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Critical Writing

Colouring the Screen: Four Strategies in Anti-racist Film and Video
by Richard Fung. Parallèlogramme, 1992, v. 18, no. 3.
Within and Without: Reconstructing Regional Identity
by Sarah Murphy. Fuse, Spring 1990, v. 13, no. 4.
Our Own Story: The Video Work of Sara Diamond
by Dinah Dossor. Independent Media, Apr. 1989, no. 88.
by Sandra Haar. Vanguard, Sept. 1988, v. 17, no. 4.