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House Calls

House Calls

| 55 min

This award-winning documentary presents Mark Nowaczynski, a physician who photographs the lives of many of his elderly patients. "Who in the world would want to see a bunch of pictures of me? Junk," says Connie, 93. Yet "Dr. Mark" has been photographing her and other patients to raise awareness about the lack of home care in this growing segment of the population. His black-and-white pictures reflect faces that convey fragility and vulnerability but also quiet strength as these seniors struggle to live with dignity.

  • director
    Ian McLeod
  • writer
    Ian McLeod
  • producer
    Gerry Flahive
  • director of photography
    Michael Grippo
  • editor
    Denis Takacs
  • sound recordist
    Steve McNamee
  • original music composer
    Eric Robertson
    Claude Desjardins
  • music performer
    Eric Robertson
    Claude Desjardins
  • additional camera
    Mark Ellam
  • additional sound
    Hartley Wynberg
    Bob Salter
  • assistant editor
    Angela Fong
    Brian Katugampola
    Anthony Miceli
    Dan Thornhill
  • research
    Joanne Fishburn
  • archival clearances
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • music clearances
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • sound design
    Steve Munro
  • dialogue editor
    David Drainie Taylor
  • re-recording
    Trackworks Inc.
  • online editor
    Dan Johnston
  • colourist
    Dan Johnston
  • transcription
    Chris Warren Textworks
    Highscribe/Vespi Inc.
  • photo scanning
    Shannon Craig
  • stills photography
    Kevin Kelly
  • production co-ordinator
    Anousheh Showleh
    Lea Marin-Jara
  • budget officer
    Julietta McGovern
    Ida Di Fruscia
  • senior administrative assistant
    Joanne Forrest
  • product manager
    Sue Mander
  • technical coordinator
    Mark Wilson
  • production supervisor
    Kemp Archibald
  • line producer
    Douglas MacFarlane
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian
    Sylvia Sweeney


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Ages 15 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
Social Studies - Social Policies and Programs

Useful in a social studies class discussion around care of the elderly and the social systems that should be put in place by governments to better meet their needs. Have students comment on the importance of protecting the health and dignity of the aged. Identify and discuss the daily struggles of the elderly.

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