John McCrae's War: In Flanders Fields

This short documentary profiles poet John McCrae, from his childhood in Ontario to his years in medicine at McGill University and the WWI battlefields of Belgium, where he cared for wounded soldiers. Generations of schoolchildren have recited McCrae’s iconic poem “In Flanders Fields,” but McCrae and Alexis Helmer—the young man whose death inspired the poem—have faded from memory. This film seeks to revive their stories through a vivid portrait of a great man in Canadian history.

Pedagogical evaluations and study guides are only available to CAMPUS subscribers.

CAMPUS

Features designed specifically for teachers

Learn more   Already subscribed? Sign in.

Comments

  • mikecan001

    “My Grandfather, Gerry Brimble survived The Second Battle of Ypres. At age 17 he was gassed and sent home to Kenora, Ontario. Gerry later died of lung cancer. He knew me although I do not remember him as a boy. I remember and Honor him. My mother told me of him urinating on his underwear and breathing through it to neutralize the chlorine gas. This is all I know. ” — mikecan001, 12 Aug 2014

Discuss this film Please sign in to add your comment
Not a member ? Click here

Film Credits

director
Robert Duncan
script
Robert Duncan
producer
Jonathan Desbarats
Barbara Shearer
Selwyn Jacob
camera
Keith Taylor
Peter Walker
Bill Casey
Fred MacDonald
sound
Bob McKenzie
Ao Loo
François Proulx
editing
Janice Brown
sound editing
Marc Benoit
voice
Paul Nash
Rae Hull
narrator
Jay Brazeau
music
John Sereda

Find Similar Films