My Ancestors Were Rogues and Murderers

This feature documentary is a thoughtful contribution to the debate on Canada's seal hunt. An exploration of the unique culture of Newfoundland's outports, the film revisits the PR coup that launched the animal rights movement onto the international stage: the 1977 Newfoundland visit, orchestrated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, of French actress turned animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot to protest the area's ancestral sealing activities. Soon, inhabitants of the island's northern outports we're being introduced to the world as the epitome of brutality.

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Film Credits

director
Anne Troake
writer
Anne Troake
producer
Kent Martin
cinematography
Nigel Markham
Bolex cinematography
Justin Hall
editor
Chris Darlington
sound
Harvey Hyslop
original music
Justin Haynes
Jean Martin
Ross Murray
sound editor
Harvey Hyslop
sound mixer
Paul Steffler
research
Anne Troake
Elizabeth Klinck
animation
Peter Evans

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