This short documentary records the rural sights and sounds of the Chateauguay Valley of Quebec. The day of the big stationary threshing machine is almost over, as the machine is pushed into obscurity by the combine harvester. But there are still parts of Canada where crops are gathered in the old-fashioned way as the men work out in the fields and the women manage the kitchen. This film offers a rare and charming glimpse into mid-20th-century rural and family life in Canada.
Ages 14 to 17
Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
Geography - Natural Resources
History - Canada 1946-1991
Technology Education - Environment and Technology
Study how the harvest is carried out today, then compare/contrast with methods in the film. Are there any drawbacks to the advancement of technology? Discuss the statement which begins, "One thing will not change…" Does present knowledge of technology and environmental science make this seem likely/possible? Identify gender roles in the film, and the roles of family and community in "work". Have these roles changed? Why /why not?