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The Things I Cannot Change

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This film is considered to be the forerunner of the NFB's Challenge for Change Program. It is a look at a family in trouble, seen from the inside. There is the trouble with the police, the begging for stale bread at the convent, the birth of another child, and the father who explains his family's predicament. Although filmed in Montréal, this is the anatomy of poverty as it occurs in North America, seen by a camera that became part of the family's life for several weeks. A sequel to this film was made in 1986, under the title Courage to Change, showing what happend to the Bailey family 18 years later.

1967, 55 min 05 s

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Certificate of Merit
Conference on Children
December 1 1970, Washington - USA

International Short Film Festival
March 31 to April 6 1968, Oberhausen - Germany

Golden Gate Award for Excellence in Network Presentation
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
October 20 to 29 1967, San Francisco - USA

Special Mention - Category: Medium Length Films
Festival of Canadian Films - Montreal International Film Festival
August 4 to 18 1967, Montréal - Canada