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The Defender

The Defender

| 54 min

This documentary is about Bob Diemert of Carman, Manitoba, and his dream of building the world's next great fighter plane. His worldwide reputation as a genius at restoring "warbirds" enables him to finance his dream. The Defender is a lively, sometimes wild and funny, tale about a remarkable, modern-day folk hero.

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  • director
    Stephen Low
  • script
    Stephen Low
  • producer
    Charles Konowal
  • cinematography
    Charles Konowal
  • executive producer
    Michael Scott
    Ches Yetman
  • sound
    Leon Johnson
    Michael Mirus
  • editing
    Alfonso Peccia
  • sound editing
    Jackie Newell
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl
  • narrator
    Cedric Smith
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn


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Ages 12 to 17

Science - Physical Science
Technology Education - Society and Technology

Introduce the idea of chasing your dream. At what point do you stop and face the reality that it will not come true? Is Diemert a dreamer? Is any diehard inventor a dreamer? What advice would you give him about continuing to pursue his invention and dream? Is he to be admired for staying with it? How do you account for his immense skill, in spite of his lack of formal training?

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