Road to independence

Canada, 1957

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Episode number 13 of Series “The Commonwealth of Nations”.
There is world-wide significance in the planned process by which Britain is helping her colonies master the art of self-government. This concluding film cites recent developments in Ghana, Nigeria, Nyasaland and other colonial territories where political evolution has seen striking progress in recent years. Edgar McInnis analyzes these developments on the basis of two main considerations; and why a ruling power should arrange for its own departure from its colonies; why, once independent, the former subjects should continue to associate with their former master.

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Nicholas Balla

Ronald Dick

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National Film Board of Canada



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Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Great Britain - Colonies

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Nigeria


Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Colonization

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Commonwealth of Nations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Great Britain - Foreign relations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Great Britain - Politics and government

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Imperialism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Political science

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Self-reliance

History → Africa - History

History → Colonization

History → Commonwealth of Nations

History → Ghana - History

History → Great Britain - Colonies

History → History

Places → Nigeria

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Short films → Short films - Canada




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