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Author: National Film Board of Canada.
Publisher: Montreal : National Film Board of Canada, 2003.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This provocative documentary uncovers a lost chapter in Canadian military history: how the Armed Forces dealt with homosexual behaviour among soldiers, during and after World War II. A group of veterans break their silence after more than 60 years. We hear from five men, barely adults when they enlisted. From the sexual timidity of the 1930s, when homosexual behaviour 'was even more unmentionable than cancer, '  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
History
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: National Film Board of Canada.
OCLC Number: 765884794
Notes: Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in association with CBC News and Vision TV. ;Quebec Centre.
Credits: Original concept, Paul Jackson ; director/cinematography, José Torrealba ; editing, Antoine Saad, José Torrealba ; additional photography/sound recording, David Finch ; documentary script, José Torrealba ; narration writer, Shelley Tepperman ; narrator, José Torrealba ; consultant/researcher, Paul Jackson ; production assistant, Samir Mallal ; sound editor, Marco Fania ; original music, Roberto C. Lopez ; narration recording, Geoffrey Mitchell ; sound re-recording, Serge Boivin ; on-line editing, Sylvain Desbiens, Denis Pilon, Denis Gathelier ; digital editing technician, Ochelle Greenidge ; title design, Louise Overy ; archival research, José Torrealba, Paul Jackson, Mahalia Verna ; post-production coordinator, Claude Cardinal ; studio clerk, Sia Koukoulas ; studio administrator, Nickie Merulla, Marie Tonto-Donati ; producer, Germaine Ying Gee Wong ; executive producer, Sally Bochner.
Description: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (52 min.))
Responsibility: National Film Board of Canada.

Abstract:

This provocative documentary uncovers a lost chapter in Canadian military history: how the Armed Forces dealt with homosexual behaviour among soldiers, during and after World War II. A group of veterans break their silence after more than 60 years. We hear from five men, barely adults when they enlisted. From the sexual timidity of the 1930s, when homosexual behaviour 'was even more unmentionable than cancer, ' spring these stories of sexual awakening amidst the brutality of war. Soldiers and officers who depended upon one another for survival accepted each other's differences. Initially, the Army overlooked homosexual activity, but as the war advanced, they began to crack down: military tribunals, threats of imprisonment, discharge and public exposure. After the war, officers accused of homosexuality were discharged. Back home in Canada, reputations and careers were ruined. For the young men who had served their country with valour, this final chapter was often too much to bear. Interviews are skilfully woven with archival footage and rare photographs. Open Secrets is based on the Paul Jackson book, Courting Homosexuals in the Military. Open Secrets was produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.

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