Courage to Change

Courage to Change

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This feature documentary is a sequel to the 1966 documentary The Things I Cannot Change, which, by focusing on the Bailey family of Montreal, provided an anatomy of poverty in North America. Courage to Change explores what has happened to the Baileys in the intervening 18 years.

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Courage to Change, Tanya Tree, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Tanya Tree
  • script
    Tanya Tree
  • sound editing
    Tanya Tree
  • producer
    Michael Rubbo
    Tanya Tree
  • executive producer
    Barrie Howells
  • photography
    Kent Nason
  • editing
    Hedy Dab
  • re-recording
    Adrian Croll
  • Bob3

    I asked a documentary photographer why he wasn’t exploiting his subjects. He said: Because I care. I asked him: How do we know you care? He said: Because I return.

    Bob3, 11 Jul 2016
  • Music_Is_Love

    I have seen "The Things I Cannot Change" and "Courage To Change" several times. Although Kenneth and Gertrude must have passed on by now, given their age and lifestyle, I always find myself wondering what became of their children. One would hope that some of them, at least, were able to make a better life for themselves than their parents had. As someone who has travelled extensively in central and south America, I have witnessed third world poverty first hand. Although it is much more severe that the poverty we have in Canada, it is nonetheless a sobering thought that in a country as prosperous as ours, we still have many families like the Baileys who experience crushing poverty.

    Music_Is_Love, 6 Jun 2013
  • nadiahaha

    Even if these documentaries represent a team's work and their efforts, I see them as the most unrespectful documentaries I have ever seen. It seems not being my opinion only, but this family's too. For instance: - the uncomfortable attitude of the receptionist when being asked question about a job she's only had for 9 days. - her again when asked about her child, and asking not being asked, the interviewer decides to continue with the unrespectful questions. - the reaction of the younger boy when he saw the scene where his father was beaten (I wanted to leave, it's stupid -to put him in this situation of filiming him reacting, or to put these images into the doc in the first place) - even when Ken says, no, wait, screams that he wants the camera to be turned off. ETC! Frederick Wiseman... he got to present people in poverty situations (Public Housing) or hardship keeping the character's integrity.

    nadiahaha, 17 Mar 2012

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