Teri Chmilar

1981, 42:00 minutes, colour, English


Nellies is a Toronto emergency hostel for women in crisis situations. Most of the sequences were taped inside Nellies over a short period in 1980, showing the daily routine of the house. These scenes are interspersed with interviews, the interviewer's presence edited out. The tape is unmediated by titling or voice-over commentary; it is intended to capture the "flavor" of the day to day events at Nellies, as the tape focuses on the emotional responses of the hostel residents. Interpersonal relationships and self-images of the women are examined with discretion, so that the precariously achieved dignity of the subject survives.

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Critical Writing

Oppositional Television: Instead of a 'balanced story' these are...
by Lisa Steele. Fuse, Mar. 1981, v. 5, no. 2+3.