There was a time when drilling for oil and mining for gold didn’t have a downside, and when spraying chemicals over the dinner table was normal, healthy, and safe—just like smoking cigarettes. There was a time, before the environmental movement went mainstream, when we were more optimistic about the ability of modern technology to improve our quality of life without unexpected consequences or risks.
Let us experience a more optimistic age through five short films from the National Film Board’s 1940s-1960s archives. We may have more doubts today, but how much has really changed?
A special screening introduced by NFB English Film Collection Curator, Albert Ohayon, in conjuction with the exhibition It’s All Happening So Fast.
The Story of Oil (1946), 17 min
Land for Pioneers (1944), 14 min
Terra Nova (1964), 18 min
Chemical Conquest (1956), 24 min
Water for the Prairies (1951), 18 min