They called it white man's burden

Canada, 1957

Film
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Episode number 9 of Series “The Commonwealth of Nations”
Paternalism, with all its problems and achievements among colonial peoples, has a tradition within the Commonwealth which is often misunderstood. This film suggests that the stereotyped picture many people have of colonial officialdom needs revising in the light of Britain’s record. The “Great White Father,” we see, although not oblivious to the material advantages a colony could provide, brought with him, more often than not, a deep sense of responsibility for the welfare of people under his jurisdiction. Noteworthy are campaigns to improve agriculture, alleviate suffering, raise living standards and promote literacy.

Credits

producer

Ronald Dick

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Duration

00:29:10:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1957

Appears in

The Commonwealth of Nations

Group of items

The Commonwealth of Nations

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

29401

Language

English

Subject categories

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

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Colonies

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

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Developing countries - Economic conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Developing countries - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Imperialism

History → Colonies

History → Commonwealth of Nations

History → Great Britain - Colonies

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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