The First Draft

John Greyson

1980, 40:00 minutes, colour, English


Canada resurrects the compulsory draft, but refuses to allow gays to enlist.

Taking the form of a fictional community-access documentary, The First Draft purports to present struggles of a Paris, Ontario-based gay anti-war group opposing both the homophobic exclusion and the draft itself. Complete with tacky graphics and ribald war-songs, the tape looks at the limitations of constructing alternative media within a dominant culture.

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