In the summer of 1998, a museum in
central Alberta mounted an exhibit of
wedding dresses. The dresses had been
sewn over the course of a lifetime by
a woman who worked from her basement,
creating gowns for the brides of her
community. The exhibit was organized
by the seamstress's daughter, as a
tribute to her mother and to the
uncelebrated work of rural women.
But there was a lot going on behind
the scenes at this exhibit. The
daughter, an urban feminist with a
doctorate in sociology, was trying
to come to terms with what she saw
as her mother's sacrifices and
unfulfilled life. And the mother was
trying to understand the daughter's
anger and pain, and wrestling with
her own pain at her daughter's harsh
judgment. Producer Linda Shorten of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
shares a story of the
forces that have driven generations
of women apart, and how those women
have struggled to find their way back
to each other again. This program is part of our international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.
The Red Deere Museum was produced by Linda Shorten of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. This program is part of the international documentary exchange series Crossing Boundaries.
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