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The Grasslands Project - Generations

The Grasslands Project - Generations

| 7 min

This short documentary from The Grasslands Project introduces us to nineteen-year-old Shawn Catherwood, who knew from a young age that he’d be a farmer. Many small communities are losing their young people, attracted to careers away from the farm. But it’s always been Shawn's dream to follow in the footsteps of his father, Ken. This film shows Shawn and his father as they navigate the coming generational change, while the audience is given insight into their deep love of the family farm.

  • writer
    Scott Parker
  • director
    Scott Parker
  • producer
    David Christensen
  • cinematography
    Scott Parker
  • editor
    Scott Parker
  • music composer
    Aaron Macri
  • music performer
    Aaron Macri
  • sound mix engineer
    John Blerot
  • on-line colourist
    Joe Owens
  • social media coordinator
    Kristin Catherwood
  • transcription
    Patricia Garry
    Sharon Murphy
  • title animation
    Kim Clegg
  • production coordinator
    Jasmine Pullukatt
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • program administrator
    Bree Beach
    Ginette D'Silva
  • centre operations manager
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • director of English programming
    Michelle van Beusekom


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Ages 11 to 18

Family Studies/Home Economics - Adulthood
Health/Personal Development - Careers & Education
Media Education - Documentary Film
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

This short documentary from The Grasslands Project is about 19-year-old Shawn Catherwood and his father, and how Shawn is growing into the role of farmer. The film can be used to prompt class discussions, essays or research projects. Useful for exposing students to a variety of careers. Great starting point for research around the issue of young people leaving farming communities for other careers. What factors tend to keep young people in the farming communities they were raised in? What factors tend to lead to their departure?

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