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A Time to Rise

A Time to Rise

On April 6, 1980, the Canadian Farmworkers Union came into existence. This film documents the conditions among Chinese and East Indian immigrant workers in British Columbia that provoked the formation of the union, and the response of growers and labor contractors to the threat of unionization. Made over a period of two years, the film is eloquent testimony to the progress of the workers’ movement from the first stirrings of militancy to the energetic canvassing of union members.

“A stirring documentary that left me fascinated by the dignity and passion with which farm labourers are facing down fear and violence to form a union…” Michelle Landsberg – Toronto Star “The film makes the farmworker’s union fight for recognition into a tough but exhilarating drama… the film never lapses into rhetoric but is carried along by well paced action.” Doug Ward – The Vancouver Sun


Main credits

Patwardhan, Anand (distributor)
Patwardhan, Anand (film director)
Patwardhan, Anand (film producer)
Patwardhan, Anand (editor of moving image work)
Patwardhan, Anand (narrator)
Monro, Jim (film director)
Monro, Jim (film producer)

Other credits

Camera, Martin Duckworth, Kirk Tougas; editing and narration, Anand Patwardhan.

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Distributor subjects

Agriculture and Food
Labor Studies
Labor Economics


Canada, Asia, India, China, agriculture, farming, union, labor; "A Time to Rise"; Anand Patwardhan

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