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| 27 min

This documentary follows a convoy carrying a calandria, the 70-ton heart of a Canadian nuclear reactor, to Rajasthan, in India, in 1968. Even the biggest traditional juggernauts could not match this one, passing over roads specially strengthened and through city walls torn down to make way.

  • director
    Eugene Boyko
  • camera
    Eugene Boyko
    Pyare Shivpuri
  • producer
    Walford Hewitson
  • script
    Donald Brittain
  • narrator
    Donald Brittain
  • editing
    Albert Kish
  • sound editing
    Victor Merrill
    Les Halman
  • re-recording
    Roger Lamoureux
    Michel Descombes
  • location sound
    Paul Saltzman
    Pyare Shivpuri


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Ages 16 to 17

Science - Environmental Science
Social Studies - Canada in the World Today
Social Studies - Environmental Challenges

Discuss India’s desperate need for atomic power. Have students comment on the filmmaker’s deliberate juxtapositions of the old and the new, citing specific references to the film. Why are these references important? Suggest reasons why the filmmaker chose Juggernaut as the title for his film. Discuss the decision to use minimal narration in this film. Follow-up could include research of the CANDU reactor and its development in Canada.