And We Knew How To Dance: Women In World War I (1994)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Canada, 1994.  Produced by .  Film Editing by .  

Are you sure your grandmother is the sweet little old lady you think she is? In this film we learn that the senior citizens we pass off as doddering naïfs are actually the older version of some pretty hardy folks, in this case female veterans of World War I.

Ladies who took part in factory work and farm labour stake their claim to historical precedent in remembering a part of their lives that they believe led to permanent change for women in Canada, particularly in terms of voting rights and careers. The interview subjects, twelve women ranging from 86 to 101, do a terrific job of recalling their past in a documentary that is part nostalgia, part riveting political commentary, and thoroughly worth the watch

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