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This documentary short is a portrait of Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and 13th prime minister of Canada, John George Diefenbaker (1895-1979). Diefenbaker's political career spanned 6 decades. When he died in 1979, his state funeral and final train trip west became more a celebration of life than a victory for death. Interweaving scenes from past and present, the film crafts a tribute to an illustrious Canadian and records how a nation paused to pay homage to "The Chief."

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'Dief', William Canning, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    William Canning
  • producer
    Mark Zannis
  • executive producer
    Barrie Howells
  • photography
    David De Volpi
    Savas Kalogeras
    Barry Perles
    Andreas Poulsson
  • sound
    Bev Davidson
    Michel Hazel
  • editing
    Stephan Steinhouse
  • sound editing
    Stephan Steinhouse
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel

  • sixam

    A splendid and admirable man. I notice Mulroney was at the funeral.

    sixam, 13 Feb 2014