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This documentary portrays the front-line street workers who serve the needy under the umbrella of the Salvation Army. One of the world's largest social agencies, the Army is a religious institution that serves the practical needs of people first, believing that religion is of no use to anyone who is hungry, homeless and hopeless.
Join filmmaker Rosemary House as she peers into the hearts and minds of people on both sides of the street – those who help and those who need help. Shot in Toronto at Christmastime, the film chronicles the small hopes and tiny victories of life lived below the poverty line and the daily rewards for those who work to serve others.

When I first saw this little gem, I was struck by the fact that, like most people, I know who the Salvation Army are but I know very little about what they do and how they work. In Salvation, we meet some incredible people who truly make a difference out there: front line workers in this evangelical army who put the needs of others before their own. I was especially impressed with the couple who live and raise their children in the community they serve. Their ideas about religion and God are striking: Forget about prayers and fasting but clothe the naked, feed the hungry and take in the stranger, only after that is worship acceptable. Like a ray of sunshine, this film shows there is hope for the world that comes through service to others.

Albert Ohayon
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Salvation, Rosemary House, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    Rosemary House
  • director
    Rosemary House
  • narrator
    Rosemary House
  • producer
    Kent Martin
  • cinematography
    Nigel Markham
  • editor
    Angela Baker
  • sound
    John Martin
  • production manager
    Patricia Coughran
  • location manager
    Mary Sexton
  • original music composer
    Paul Steffler
  • singer
    Vicky Hynes
  • studio musician
    Paul Steffler
    Jim Prowse
    Jon Green
    Greg Walsh
    Melinda Ryan
    Rick Hollett
    Mark Bragg
    Scott Mansfield
  • sound editor
    Alex Salter
  • technical coordinator
    Patricia Coughran
    Claude Cardinal
  • studio clerk
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • camera assistant
    David Archibald
  • assistant editor
    Jason MacLeod
  • research
    Rosemary House
  • on-line
    Denis Pilon
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
    Shelley Craig
  • titles
    NFB Visual Effects Services
  • program administrator
    John William Lutz
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner

  • vinz

    a great chance to think about what we are really and about the meaning of the other as a part of ourselves. nice documentary with a sober direction.

    vinz, 21 May 2010

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