Michael Rubbo | Persistent and Finagling
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Persistent and Finagling.

This is a cinéma vérité documentary in black-and-white about a small group of middle-class  Montréal women, intent  on becoming environmental activists. Specifically, they want to draw attention to pollution in their city by big companies, and decide that a bus tour with an expert guide, will grab the attention of the media . This was at a time when environmental consciousness was just beginning.

They’re not very well organised and myself , the filmmaker, don’t help by being quite judgemental about their efforts.  I’m especially challenging when they go after man called Blaker, a loudmouth radio personality, thinking he’s the best person to front their bus. He is extremely patronising, and keeps them on tender hooks in meeting after meeting,  but finally they break through, win him over and and achieve their goal. He is the  full movie

https://www.nfb.ca/film/persistent_and_finagling/