Challenge for Change

Thomas Waugh, Ezra Winton, Michael Baker

Paper Wheat

This film, based on the play of the same name, portrays the harsh lives of early Saskatchewan settlers and the foundation of the co-op movement on the Prairies.

From the playlist : Challenge for Change

Paper Wheat was among the last of the films produced within the Challenge for Change program. It chronicles an agitprop theatre troupe's tour of the Prairies with a show examining the history of the Saskatchewan wheat pool.

The play, based largely on interviews with members of farming communities across the province, reached out to local audiences and told them their own stories in a way that mainstream theatre at the time did not. Contributor Chris Meir argues "the film itself adapts the formal and political concerns of the play, while also documenting an important moment in Canada's and Saskatchewan's cultural history in its attempt to make a positive intervention in the life of the nation and the province."

Paper Wheat is perhaps one of the most widely seen CFC films, as it was broadcast on CBC several times after its release in 1979, the same year as the film version of alternative theatre classic Hair – the most internationally famous product of the Vietnam-era alternative theatre movement.

— Thomas Waugh, Ezra Winton, Michael Baker

Comments

  • HeavenPalace

    “Its a pity that good shows like these are slowly dwindling.” — HeavenPalace, 11 May 2012

  • cyelland

    “Wonderful ! Sad to see it come to an end now, This program should be shown now across Canada. ” — cyelland, 27 Feb 2012

  • Mario

    “Done with a lot of TASTE. History repeats itself.... again. The rich have always SWINDLED the poor. Mario.” — Mario, 9 Mar 2010

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Film Credits

director
Albert Kish
editing
Albert Kish
producer
Adam Symansky
photography
Barry Perles
sound
Claude Delorme
sound editing
Abbey Jack Neidik
cast
Sharon Bakker
Michael Fahey
David Francis
Lynne Hostein
Skai Leja
Lubomir Mykytiuk
Bill Prokopchuk

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