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Movie Notes: Where is Here?

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Department
Geography
Course
GEOG 210
Professor
Jon Unruh
Semester
Winter

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  Where  is  Here?     Geog  210   Where  is  Here?    (1987)                                                                                                                                                          National  Film  Board                                                                        Producers:  Sturla  Gunnarsson,  David  Macfarlane,  Adam  Symansky     The  documentary  Where  is  Here?  explores  the  question  of  the  Canadian  identity.     Following  the  making  of  the  100  anniversary  issue  of  Saturday  Night  magazine,   this  film  documents  the  researching  and  stories  written  by  a  number  of  prominent   Canadian  writers.    The  magazine  chooses  to  highlight  places  that  individuals  identify   as  describing  their  Canada.     Questions  and  concepts  to  consider:         1.    According  to  this  film,  how  do  Canadians  approach  the  question  of  self-­‐identity?       -­‐Where  is  here?  Where  am  I?  What  is  this  place?  Not,  who  am  I?       -­‐  the  relationship  with  a  certain  part  of  Canada       How  does  this  differ  from  Americans?       -­‐Who  am  I?     -­‐The  founding  fathers,  independence         2.    The  film  suggests  that  that  few  Canadians  share  the  same  vision  of  their  country,   rather  Canada  is  a  collection  of  stories  and  places  important  to  individual  people.   How  do  the  following  people  describe  Canada  and  its  people?     • Robert  Lee  in  Williams  Lake,  BC   Interior  of  BC   No  one  gets  worked  up  about  the  national  anthem     Rodeo   Clayton:  fights  the  bull  “confusion”;  rode  the  bull  for  8  seconds   Feature  the  bull  instead  of  the  cowboy         • Peter  Foster  in  Tuktoyaktuk,  Northwest  Territories   Witness  the  collapse  of  the  Canadian’s  dream   Writing  about  failure   Dry  dock  lifting  its  last  vessel  from  the  see   Canada  was  built  with  public  money     the  frontiers  of  technology  are  pushed  out  here  and  then  just  left         Where  is  Here?     Geog  210         • Margaret  Atwood,  8  hours  north  of  Toronto   The  north  is  where  Canadians  make  their  spiritual  journeys     You  feel  ‘watched’   Survival  is  something  Canadians  understand   Being  Canadian  means  few  outsiders  know  who  you  are   Being  Canadian  is  that  wilderness  is  right  next  to  the  north   There  is  a  respect  for  nature,  it  need  your  help   The  North  is  central  to  their  view  of  themselves   The  industrial  centre
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