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You Don't Back Down

Year: 1965
Language: English
Format: 16mm Black & White
Runtime: 28 min
Director: Don Owen
Producer: Joseph Koenig
Writer: Robin Spry
Cinematographer: Gilles Gascon
Editor: Michael McKennirey
Sound: Marcel Carrière
Narration: John Vernon, Robin Spry
Cast: Alex McMahon, Anne McMahon
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada

You Don’t Back Down examines the McMahons, a couple who get more than they bargained for when they are sent to Nigeria to aid in the country’s efforts towards modernization. Rather than engaging in triumphalist rhetoric about the McMahons’ mission, Owen stresses their struggle to come to terms with a radically different culture.

By: Steve Gravestock