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The Burning Times

The Burning Times

| 56 min

This documentary takes an in-depth look at the witch hunts that swept Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to massive torture and burnings at the stake and ultimately to the destruction of an organic way of life. The film questions whether the widespread violence against women and the neglect of our environment today can be traced back to those times. Part two of a series of three films on women and spirituality, which includes Goddess Remembered and Full Circle.

  • director
    Donna Read
  • producer
    Mary Armstrong
    Margaret Pettigrew
    Signe Johansson
  • executive producer
    Rina Fraticelli
    Kathleen Shannon
  • script
    Erna Buffie
  • cinematography
    Susan Trow
  • sound
    Diane Carrière
  • editing
    Judith Merritt
    Donna Read
  • sound editing
    Jackie Newell
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Shelley Craig
  • narrator
    Martha Henry
  • music
    Loreena McKennitt


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Ages 17 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Social Studies - Social History

How were women’s roles different before the events in the film? Why does Christianity have such a negative effect on the freedom of women? How is feminism related to environmental awareness? Provide examples of cases throughout history where a group of people was persecuted and victimized (Holocaust, slavery, residential schools, etc). Compare and contrast these examples with the film.

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