Time to Rise
with Jim Monro
(1981, color, 40 mins)
On April 6, 1980, the Canadian Farmworkers Union came into existence.
documents the conditions among Chinese
and East Indian
immigrant workers in British Columbia that provoked the formation
of the union, and the response of growers and labor contractors
to the threat of unionization. Made over a period of two years,
the film is eloquent testimony to the progress of the workers'
movement from the first stirrings of militancy to the energetic
canvassing of union members.
Silver Dove, Leipzig International Film Festival
Grand Prize, Tyneside International Festival, UK
"A stirring documentary that left me fascinated by the dignity
and passion with which farm labourers are facing down fear and violence
to form a union…"
Michelle Landsberg - Toronto
"The film makes the farmworker’s union fight for recognition
into a tough but exhilarating drama... the film never lapses into
rhetoric but is carried along by well paced action."
Doug Ward - The Vancouver
This forty minute documentary is among the rare militant Canadian
made films in which the relationships between thre struggles of the
farmworkers throughout North America are made explicit.
Luc Perreault - La Presse, Montreal
Production, Direction - Anand Patwardhan, Jim Monro
Camera - Martin Duckworth, Kirk Tougas
Sound - Nettie Wild
Editing - Anand Patwardhan