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Produced by J.P. Locherer, Byron Patchett, Chuck Scott and Yuri Yakubiw; directed by J.P. Locherer. Caber Film and Video/Living Moving Pictures, 1991. VHS cassette, 24:00 min., $199.95. Includes study guide. Distributed by Lynx Images Releasing, 174 Spadina Ave., Suite 606, Toronto, Ont. M5T 2C2.

Grades 8 and up/Ages 13 and up

Reviewed by Christine Jacobs

Volume 21 Number 1
1993 January

This video is 24 minutes of candid "person-on-the-spot" interviews with a cross-section of Americans. Questions range from "Who is the Prime Minister of Canada?" (most responded with the name Trudeau!) to "What is the size of Canada?" The jacket describes it as "An anecdotal look at Canada through the eyes of the American public." It is being marketed as an educational tool for junior high to university.

Unfortunately, although the concept is interesting, the video does not work very well. It is too long, and too many of the responses display ignorance (Canada is the size of Texas?), rather than differing perceptions of Canada. Ten minutes of the best of the short interviews would have been sufficient to work as a discussion starter. The nine-page study guide is not particularly inspired, nor closely linked to the video. It contains grammatical errors and at least one factual error.

Not recommended.

Christine Jacobs (Montreal, Que.) is a freelance indexer who for the past seven years has indexed films and videos for Film/Video Canadiana
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