Beryl Fox

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Beryl Fox
Born (1931-12-10) December 10, 1931 (age 85)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Occupation Film director
Film producer
Years active 1962 - 1982
Spouse(s) Douglas Leiterman

Beryl Fox (born December 10, 1931 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian documentary film director and film producer.[1]


After graduating from the University of Toronto she was hired by the CBC and worked there from 1962 to 1966, first as a script assistant and researcher and then as a film director. Fox had a gift for understanding contemporary social and political conflicts. She was the first Canadian to do in depth, and frequently critical, explorations of the Vietnam War, race riots, and feminism in the United States. She has won three Canadian Film Awards; the first for Summer in Mississippi in 1965, a film about the civil rights movement and the second and third awards for her best-known film, The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam in 1966.[2] The film was shot entirely on location while the war was ongoing and had no narration and no archive footage. She continued making documentaries for another decade before branching out into producing feature films for mainstream audiences, beginning with 1981's Surfacing.

She was married to Douglas Leiterman, a CBC news producer whose show This Hour Has Seven Days aired several of Fox's documentary films, until his death in 2012.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • One More River (1963)
  • Three on a Match (1963)
  • The Single Woman and the Double Standard (1964)
  • Summer in Mississippi (1964)
  • The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam (1965)
  • Youth: In Search of Morality (1966)
  • Saigon: Portrait of a City (1967)
  • Last Reflections on a War (1968)
  • Memorial to Martin Luther King (1969)
  • North with the Spring (1970)
  • The Visible Woman (1975)


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