"A lesson on FDR's Four Freedoms." ("More about an Amateur Cinema League of Nations.")
"This amateur film attempts to portray conflict within a religious sect where blind adherence to a selfish demanding leader is compared to the freedom offered by progressive contemporary society" Library and Archives Canada.
"RATAMATA is a portrait of the diverse opinions of Chicagoans (ranging from high school students to habitual mayoral candidate Lars Daly) as they reflect on the general state of affairs in America, the war in Vietnam, social and racial conflict, freedom and personal liberty, happiness, and social justice." Chicago Film Archives
"A propaganda film, made in the early days of the Second World War. Opening with footage of a giant Empire Youth Rally at Brockton Point Oval, the film illustrates Canadian democratic values, institutions and ideals which are now threatened by fascism and war -- farming, industry, the home and family, education, racial tolerance, elections, and religious freedom. Also includes footage of First World War memorials in Vancouver and Victoria, cemeteries, Remembrance Day ceremonies and parades, and veterans. Canada's contribution to the war effort is shown through shots of recruiting stations, marching recruits, military parades, warships, etc. One lengthy sequence uses model airplanes, dramatizations, stock shots, photographs, and footage of local civil defence drills to simulate the impact of aerial attacks on British cities during the Blitz (including civilian casualties and damaged or burning buildings)" British Columbia Archives.
"University of Illinois Chicago (UICC) animated student film about being drafted to the Vietnam War." Chicago Film Archives
"Columbia College student film about a young man receiving and responding to his Vietnam draft card." Chicago Film Archives
"A short amateur film that show “how to stop a war without trying anything much.” Footage of protesters and activists advocating against the war in Vietnam are intercut with altered images of war." via Chicago Film Archives
"This is a film Mr. Bowdery shot and edited into a form of home newsreel called THE SECOND WORLD WAR -- THE HAND OF TYRANNY. It is captioned with headlines from the 'People's Advocate' newspaper. The footage contains scenes of the exterior of the Vancouver Post Office at Hastings and Granville. Employees being checked at the entrance. Interior of building, protestors in sit-down strike. [Close-up of] trio of protestors, other good [close-ups]. Protestors singing 'The Red Flag', [with] banjo and accordion accompaniment. Unemployed march" (Browne).
The film is also known as Vancouver Post Office Sit-Down Strike.
"Norman McLaren and Helen Biggar’s urgent work of animated agit-prop utilises a mixture of film forms (from found footage to title cards and staged action) stitched together with rapid editing to create an incisive and disorienting polemic against government armament spending. Made in 1936 as fascism was on the rise throughout Europe, the film was the result of collaboration between animator McLaren and sculptor Biggar, made during their tenure at the Glasgow School of Art. The idea was to use a rapid succession of violent images to jolt the viewer into demonstrative action against a new war, decades before such Brechtian techniques were employed by artists like Jean-Luc Godard. The result is one of the most striking and memorable of all animated political films" British Film Institute.
A husband and wife hold different opinions about who is to become Sheriff. The wife roots for the Democratic candidate "Preacher" Slaughter, while the husband wants to re-elect Republican candidate Sheriff Carver. Both parties bribe the husband and wife for their absentee ballot. notes from CFA
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