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Henry Ford's America

Henry Ford's America

| 56 min

This feature documentary studies the automobile and its pervasive effect on the history of North America. Focusing on the Ford dynasty, from the original Henry car through to Henry II, the film demonstrates how society has adapted to fit the needs of the automobile.

  • director
    Donald Brittain
  • script
    Donald Brittain
  • producer
    Donald Brittain
    Paul Wright
    Roman Kroitor
  • associate producer
    Janet Leissner
  • camera
    Andreas Poulsson
  • sound
    Fraser McAninch
  • editing
    Les Halman
    Rosemarie Shapley
  • sound editing
    Bill Graziadei
    Les Halman
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • animation
    Pierre L'Amare
  • music
    Art Phillips


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Ages 13 to 18

Family Studies/Home Economics - Consumer Awareness
Social Studies - Labour Studies
Social Studies - Social History
Technology Education - Society and Technology

What is the “American Way” as presented in this film? How does Henry Ford II view Canada? Do you think this is an accurate view? Research how mainstream automobile companies are organized today; has this changed since this film was made in the 1970s? Has the average consumer and their behaviours changed since this film was made? Research the ways that advertising has been used to sell Ford automobiles. What workers rights issues are raised in the film? Compare and contrast this with present-day workers’ rights issues. What changes are currently occurring in Detroit to revitalize the city? (For example: the urban farming movement.)

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