Photo Friday | First Day of School, Montreal, 1962

Take a stroll around a Montreal working-class neighbourhood on the first day of class with these photos from September Five at Saint-Henri (1962.)

September Five at Saint-Henri, Hubert Aquin, National Film Board of Canada

Directed by Hubert Aquin, and shot by a team of at least 11 camerapeople, the short film is a series of vignettes of daily life in Saint-Henri, a neighbourhood in southwestern Montreal.

From dawn to midnight, we take in the hood’s pulse: a mother fussing over children, a father’s enforced idleness, teenage boys clowning, young lovers dallying – the unposed quality of daily life.

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For more St-Henri goodness, check out St-Henri, the 26th of August (2011), another collaborative work made in the spirit of cinéma-vérité.