On the Trail of the Far Fur Country

Directed by Kevin Nikkel
2014, Canada, 80 min, World Premiere

Sunday, March 23 / 7 pm @ Cinematheque

Introduction and Q&A with Director Kevin Nikkel

In 1919, a film crew set out on an epic journey across Canada’s North. Over the course of six months, their expedition traveled by icebreaker, canoe, and dog sled, capturing the Canadian fur trade in a silent feature documentary. The Romance of the Far Fur Country was released in 1920, two years before the legendary film Nanook of the North.

Rediscovering the documentary in a British archive, another film crew begins a journey to bring this lost film back to life, taking it to the northern communities where the film was originally shot. As people watch the footage from 1919, something special happens. Images come to life; people recognize their family members, their landscapes, and their lost traditions. Contrasting then and now, On Trail of the Far Fur Country is an intimate portrait of Canada and its Aboriginal people, and a chronicle of how life in the North has changed in the last century.

Plays with

Treaty Number Three / Directed by Danielle Sturk, 2013, Canada, 4 min / A portrait of visual artist Rebecca Belmore.