Ardele Lister

1976, 01:00 minutes, colour, English


During the U.N. declared International Year of the Woman in 1975, Canada's National Film board sponsored a series of one-minute films by women, under the umbrella title: Headache, produced for this compilation, is the kind of film that makes Das Kapital seem like a pastoral. Intense and focused, it is the cinematic equivalent of a flare-up with a stranger in the bar: it's over before it starts, but boy does it pack a punch. Headache is a blunt illustration of what happens when women speak up on issues which affect them.

Just-A-Minute was a training program organized by Studio D of the National Film Board in collaboration with the Women's Program, Department of the Secretary of State. This program gave Canadian women an opportunity to express themselves through the medium of a one-minute film clip. Through humour, caricature, or animation, the clips highlight some of the problems or attitudes encountered by women at home and at work. Entertaining to watch, the films do not disguise the pertinence of their contents. The Just-A-Minute series consists of two parts. Part 1 includes seven works by seven women artists.

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