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Country Threshing

Country Threshing

| 30 min
Candid Eye
Candid Eye
1958 14 films

Shot unscripted and unrehearsed, this NFB documentary series for television is a seminal offering in the history of doc filmmaking.


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.

  • director
    Wolf Koenig
  • producer
    Roman Kroitor
    Wolf Koenig
  • executive producer
    Tom Daly
  • camera
    Georges Dufaux
    Terence Macartney-Filgate
    Jean Roy
  • sound
    Frank Orban
    George Croll
    Marguerite Payette
  • editing
    James Beveridge
  • sound editing
    Kathleen Shannon
  • music
    The George Little Singers


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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?

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