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Directed by Daisy Lee

Grindstone Films, 1989. VHS cassette, 25:00 min., $395.00
Distributed by Kinetic Inc., 408 Dundas St. E. Toronto, Ontario M5A 2A5

Grades 6 and up/Ages 11 and up
Reviewed by Joan McGrath.

Volume 19 Number 1
1991 January

North America's largest wholesale fresh produce market is the setting for a morning zoo each day as independent farmers bring the fruits - and vegeta­bles - of their labours to market. It is a scene of organized chaos, as a throng of rugged individualists of all races and cultures meet in a trading frenzy. It is colourful, exciting, polyglot - and it is big business.

Some of the traders explain that for themselves, as penniless immigrants, with little education and no connections in the new world, farming was the only means of survival. The children of these pioneers reminisce about the struggle and hardship they have endured. Many of these second- and third-generation Ontarians are now successful traders in their own right, who still frequent the Morning Zoo. One of them, a woman, has her own story to tell of the addi­tional strain placed on her to be "one of the guys" if she wanted to succeed against all the odds. Which she has.

This is a subject well suited to film treatment. It is fast moving, varied, and thought provoking. An afterword lists other giant produce markets all over the world, placing what the viewers have seen in a proper global context. Useful for multicultural studies, economics, language arts/drama, social studies, family studies, and media studies.

Joan McGrath, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, Ont.
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