The Things I Cannot Change

The Things I Cannot Change

1967 / Canada / 55min

This film is considered to be the forerunner of the NFB's Challenge for Change Program. It is a look at the Bailey family, as seen from the inside. Trouble with the police, begging for stale bread, the birth of another child, and through it all, the father who tries to explains his family's predicament. Although filmed in Montreal, it's the anatomy of poverty as it occurs throughout North America.



  • Original title
    The Things I Cannot Change
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Paul Leach
  • Editing
    William Brind
  • Music
  • Sound
    Roger Hart
  • Duration
    55 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
  • Distribution
    National Film Board of Canada
  • Festivals
  • Awards


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