Politics | 1980 | Sound | Colour
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Part 2 – continues from film 10983
Film about peace, women pacifists in Canada and the U.S.S.R and U.S.A during the nuclear post World War Two and Cold War years, 1980s.
Writer, Solange Vincent, talks to camera about the need for international cooperation not power struggles. Solange is seen walking down the steps from a house and along a residential pavement strewn with autumn leaves. Her interview continues with Solange explaining how third world aid can actually increase poverty in the third world.
Two military helicopters come into land in a tropical green setting. On the ground there are armed militia or soldiers standing guard. Western business men in white shirts walk towards some open sided tents and shake hands with men in military uniform.
Footage returns to Solange Vincent talking about the control exerted by U.S.A and U.S.S.R on third world countries.
Soldiers patrol somewhat deserted streets in a rural third world town. Spanish shop signs indicate it could be Central or South America. Shots are heard. A young child runs across the road. A woman holding an infant appears in close up in a doorway. A soldier lies in the gutter aiming with a high- powered rifle resting on the kerb. Two dogs bark on the pavement. View of an empty street.
Solange Vincent talking about the need to better share resources to achieve peace.
A small sailing boat heads towards a white beach fringed with palm trees in Micronesia.
Darlene Keju from the Marshall Island stands at a podium and talks into a microphone, addressing a small room of women, seated at round tables. She talks about her island’s issues as a result of nuclear tests carried out in the 1904s.
B&W 1940s footage of US military in Micronesia, Marshall Islands. Men saluting as a US flag is raised, US military talking to villagers. Islanders outside a hut are rolling their belongings in grass mats. An older local man sits on the ground with some children and appears to be opening food packets or army style rations. A US medic checks a young local child. Women and children in a village setting.
Film returns to colour footage of Darlene continuing her speech and talking about the health impact on the Marshall Islands of low level radiation and dramatic birth defects in babies. Brief views of Darlene’s audience, including Solange Vincent who has attended her talk.
A man in a thick check shirt carries a child. He plays with two kids at a small children’s playground in front of an industrial site. His lone car is parked in the gravel parking area. Bleak grey view out to sea.
Dr Rosalie Bertell, an American scientists and environmental activist talks to camera about the ill effects of building nuclear weapons, whether they are used or not.
Women on a peaceful protest march, carrying banners. Three youths are climbing on a tank, which is displayed in a park area. The women continue their march for peace. One banner reads ‘Peace Please’ and another says ‘Canada – be a peace maker’.
Dr Rosalie Bertell continues to speak about environmental damage from nuclear development.
Two kids walk through a woodland area in winter (no leave on the trees). The Serpent River Ontario Canada in heavy flow. Narrator explains how the water was contaminated by uranium mining in the area. Brief clip of a group of First Nation people gather around a camp fire, where large cooking pots are over the fire.
Canadian uranium mine. Panning view of pipework around the mine and dirty water coming out of a pipe. A polluted wasteland caused by the effects of mining. Closeup view of a ‘Warning – Keep Out’ sign. Notice advises of contaminated ground due to low level radioactive waste. Wide angle view of the sign and its position on a fence in the town of Port Hope, Ontario. A main street with traffic in Port Hope. A group of men are gathered by a harbour wall entrance. Wider angle view reveals the Eldorado Nuclear Ltd Uranium refining plant.
A woman talks to a fisherman who is standing beside a vehicle. He says he doesn’t eat many of the fish he catches. The woman asks if this is because he doesn’t like fish or because of the uranium plant. Dr Bertell talks to camera about how nuclear war presents a different concept of war.
A residential street in Scarborough Toronto. Three boys run around a parked car with a small dog. Sign for Scarborough Olde Towne on the side of a fairy tale castle looking building. A large estate car is parked beside the building. Advertising Lakeview Estates, detached homes. View of houses with snow in the backyards. Narration explains how the estate was built on radioactive soil. A couple use an instrument to test for radioactivity in the ground.
Dr Rosalie Bertell talks to a group of residents about what it means to live on such a site. Concerned adults and children stand in a circle listening to Dr Rosalie. Everyone wears thick winter clothes as they stand in the snow.
Exterior view of Eldorado Port Hope Division building. A woman questions a worker about a spill at the site. The worker stands on the other side of a chain link fence and he refers the question to a colleague who is out of sight of the camera. The man says he knows nothing about any spill. She asks him how he feels about working there. He explains that everyone is concerned about waste, but the town needs the jobs. Brief view of women line fishing beside the uranium plant. The interviewer asks the factory worker why people would fish beside the plant due to risk of contaminates. The worker replies that the radioactivity isn’t too bad with small fish, but a lot of the men fishing just throw what they catch back. Just don’t eat the older fish, which have been in the radioactivity for longer. The worker finally declares that all the fish are contaminated.
Solange Vincent talks to camera about the importance of deciding what we produce – does Port Hope have to be in this dangerous poisonous industry?
View of the exterior of Litton Systems Canada Ltd building. Panning view of factory site. Narration confirms Litton Systems produce cruise missile guidance systems. Office worker using computer screen and typing.
Solange Vincent talks to camera and focuses on what else could we produce to give us a healthy economy, rather than building weapons.
Large group of women hold hands and protest outside the Litton Systems factory. They walk along the fence line singing. Inside the fence stand security guards or policemen. One is mounted on a horse. CBC News reporter asks one of the women what they want. She responds that they want Litton to stop producing missile guidance systems and make a product that is socially responsible. One woman tries to scale the very small fence and is prevented from doing so by police. She eventually jumps over and is led away under arrest. Another news reporter presents her story to camera, explaining how the protestors want Canada to stop producing nuclear weapons.
Dr Ursula Franklin speaks to camera about the arms race and life and death decisions being made by world leaders.
A man cuts protest banners and bunting from the Litton Systems fence and puts the debris in a McCain French fries carton or box. Marion Dewar, Mayor of Ottawa, comments obliquely about the protest by mentioning social change and respecting each other’s position.
Council room is called to order as Mayor of Ottawa, Marion Dewar, enters the room and takes her seat at a large desk. She is handed a sheaf of papers by a woman. In the chambers many others sit at rows of semi-circle desks. The city council has held a referendum on global disarmament and votes are being read out. Outside of the formality of the council chamber, the Mayor talks to camera about how she got into politics and how she has enjoyed the role.
A train pulls into a wintry railway station. The platform is crowded with protestors or supporters. A banner reads “Welcome Constitution Express”. A First Nation or Canadian native in traditional dress gets off the train. Large group of native protestors at Parliament Hill. Protestors board yellow school buses and delegates from their community meet with Mayor Marion Dewar. A native cloak is draped around the Mayor’s shoulders.
Heads and shoulders view of the Mayor speaking into a microphone about the responsibilities of women in Canada. A woman wearing large round glasses speaks to camera whilst sitting in a kitchen. She says she would like the power to solve inter-personal tensions.
Overhead view of a mass peace protest march along a main street. Nuclear disarmament banners. Protestors are gathered in a large park, as viewed from a stage area, where cameras are set up.
Laughing, playing children in close up. A girl on a swing and standing with two wooden carved bears in a wintry park. Group of young kids gathered around a chess board. A small boy looks through binoculars. Individual face close ups of kids. As the credits come up peace lanterns are being released on a river in Hiroshima, Japan at sunset.
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