First Winter

First Winter

                                First Winter
| 26 min

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The NFB's 46th Oscar®-nominated film.

This historical drama features the first winter spent in Canada by a family of Irish immigrants deep in the Ottawa Valley. The year is 1830. Because the father is working in a logging camp, the mother has sole charge of the family. Sickness overtakes her, and she dies. The children are left on their own to survive. The film graphically illustrates the enormous hardships endured by the first settlers who had to cope with a climate with which they were unfamiliar. A beautiful, moving film.

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First Winter, John N. Smith, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    John N. Smith
  • producer
    John N. Smith
    Sam Grana
  • executive producer
    Roman Kroitor
  • script
    Gloria Demers
    Cynthia Scott
  • photography
    David De Volpi
  • sound
    Jacques Drouin
  • editing
    Richard Todd
  • sound editing
    Jackie Newell
  • music
    Tadhg De Brun

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