Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  57 minutes
Date:  1986
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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Shift Change

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The impact of the microchip on the economy, including workers.

Shift Change

The microchip, invented by an American, exploited by the Japanese, is seen here to have caused a second industrial revolution. The devastating effect on millions of human lives is shown in microcosm through interviews with some of the newly jobless in Hamilton, Ontario. Faces bitter, voices hopeless, they speak of a vibrant secure past having suddenly given way to a bleak present and an uncertain future; they fear for their children's prospects. Using the example of Japan as contrast, host James Laxer demonstrates that the cost of technological advances need not be so high if their effects are foreseen and planned for.

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Main credits

Lewis, Jefferson (film director)
Lewis, Jefferson (screenwriter)
Martin, Kent (film producer)
Laxer, James (host)

Other credits

Editing, Hannele Halm; photography, Kent Nason; music, Eric Lemoyne, Roger Lemoyne, Bruce Granofsky.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Labor Economics
Political Economy
Social Aspects

Distributor subjects

Work and Labour Relations


; "Shift Change"; National Film Board of Canada; microchip; electronics; structural unemployment; technology revolution;

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