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Why Women Run

Why Women Run

| 46 min

This 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.

  • director
    Meredith Ralston
  • script
    Meredith Ralston
  • producer
    Penny Longley
    Kent Martin
    Mike Mahoney
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner
  • 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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