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Home Front

Home Front

| 11 min

This short documentary is part of the Canada Carries On series of morale-boosting wartime propaganda films. In Home Front, the various WWII-era social contributions of women are highlighted. From medicine to industrial labour to hospitality, education and domesticity, the service these women provided to their country is lauded.

  • director
    Stanley Hawes
  • producer
    Stanley Hawes
  • camera
    Roger Barlow
    J.B. Scott
  • sound
    William H. Lane
    C.J. Quick
    Walter Darling
  • narrator
    Lorne Greene
  • music
    Lucio Agostini


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Ages 13 to 18

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
History - World War II
Media Education - Journalism/News
Social Studies - Social History

As a work of propaganda, Home Front uses hyperbole for dramatic effect. For example, women are “a living link between home and inferno” (1:10). Ask students to find other examples of hyperbole in the film. Countries do not have genders, and yet Canada is referred to as a “her” (5:25). Why? The Canadian Red Cross (8:30) is over 100 years old. Have students research historical highlights of the organization and place them on a visual timeline.

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