Why Women Run

This short documentary offers a glimpse into the 1997 federal election in the Halifax electoral district. Two strong female politicians, Liberal candidate Mary Clancy and NDP party leader Alexa McDonough, are caught in a tight competition in one of the most contested races in the country. Director Meredith Ralston follows the two women around the campaign trail for weeks, getting inside an election that was often described as “nasty.” Both larger than life and hungry to win, in quieter moments Clancy and McDonough reveal the strains and contradictions of their chosen careers. Why Women Run highlights the accomplishments of women in politics and the problems many women face participating in the political process.

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Film Credits

director
Meredith Ralston
script
Meredith Ralston
producer
Penny Longley
Kent Martin
Mike Mahoney
camera
Dean Brousseau
sound
Jane Porter
Phil Brouwer
Chris Newton
Adam Stewart
Allen Chapman
editing
Markham Cook
sound editing
John Rosborough
narration
Deborah Allen
music
Chris Crilly

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