Dresden Story

Dresden Story

| 30 min

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This film goes to Dresden, Ontario, to sample local attitudes towards racial discrimination against black people that brought this town into the news. After a round-up of the opinions of individual citizens, white and black, commentator Gordon Burwash joins two discussion panels, presenting opposite points of view. The rights and wrongs of the quarrel are left for the audience to decide.

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Dresden Story, Julian Biggs, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Julian Biggs
  • producer
    Julian Biggs
    Gordon Burwash
    Grant McLean
  • editing
    Julian Biggs
    Gordon Burwash
    Grant McLean
  • executive producer
    Robert Anderson
  • photography
    Grant McLean
  • sound
    Joseph Champagne
  • host
    Gordon Burwash

  • None

    One of the news stories about Dresden is available in the MacLean's Magazine archives. It has been OCRd so there are some confusing typos, it contains language we find very offensive today, and women's voices are basically non-existent (just like the film), however, it is an excellent companion piece, written in 1949. https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1949/11/1/jim-crow-lives-in-dresden

    None, 6 Jun 2020
  • None

    I see my family in this doc.

    None, 12 Feb 2019
  • sheaves

    This film is interesting because over quarter of a century after it was made, the same issues around racism and discrimination are still being discussed and dealt with in both Canada and the U.S. I liked it, though, because it's definitely of major historical interest regarding black Canadian history,

    sheaves, 7 Feb 2014
  • Captionsplease

    Could we please have captions available on this on-line video, to make this important historical information accessible for hard of hearing and Deaf citizens, and also because the sound quality has deteriorated in places. many thanks : )

    Captionsplease, 15 Jul 2013

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