THE STORY OF CHEMAINUS
Volume 22 Number 6
This video uses the story of Sarah's (Rebecca Whitney) fall during a ballet recital as a vehicle for the struggles of Chemainus to survive after the town mill is closed. Sarah's grandfather (Gipp Forster) tells her the town history to encourage her to keep trying in her efforts to win a place in the National Ballet School (in the end she wins her place).
Chemainus, B.C., overcame the slump following the mill closure by becoming an artists' colony and by creating the Chemainus Festival of Murals. The video presents this transition in a very positive way.
This is essentially a promotional video for Chemainus. It is quite well done, and there are a fair number of old photographs included. Unfortunately, from the educational standpoint, there is little attempt made to identify the photographs or to explain any in detail.
I would recommend this video with reservations. The plot-line for the dramatized part is rather thin, but the "keep trying" advice is valid. The historical material is interesting, but superficial, and is probably of most interest for local history studies.
This is certainly not a required purchase in any other circumstances.
Christine Jacobs (Montreal, Que.) is a freelance indexer who for the past nine years has indexed films and videos for Film/Video Canadiana
1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995
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