The Last Objectors:
The Last Objectors is a TV-Hour (45 min) documentary on Canada’s conscientious objectors of the Second World War who chose to perform alternative service instead of going to war. They would spend years working in forestry camps, hospitals, asylums and various other positions throughout the country with little pay and no benefits.
More than 11,000 Mennonites, Quakers, Hutterites and other pacifists across Canada refused to take up arms during the Second World War on the grounds of their faith. The Last Objectors tells their story through intimate interviews, as well as existing photographs and footage.
Many conscientious objectors were sent to Alternative Service — often brutal, demanding and at times dangerous work in mines, forestry, on farms and factories. Some would also work in the medical field, some as military medics at the front, or staffing Canadian mental hospitals.
Their story offers insight into timely questions around the conflict between personal convictions and civic duty, and how we address human rights in the context of war.
To screen the film, please contact Korey Dyck.