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This short film focuses on the legend of a lost gold mine and a river in the Northwest Territories that lured men to their doom. Albert Faille, an aging prospector, set out time and again to find hidden gold. His route took him through the wild and awesome land particularly suited to the mood of this Canadian odyssey.

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Nahanni, Donald Wilder, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Donald Wilder
  • camera
    Donald Wilder
  • executive producer
    Nicholas Balla
  • commentary
    William Weintraub
  • editing
    George Kaczender
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn

  • Kinosew

    ohhh just about to watch this once again for the 50th+ time..atleast //love it forever..

    Kinosew, 17 Apr 2022
  • None

    This was my second time watching Nahani - the last time was over 50 years ago!! The stamina Albert had was incredible, along with his skills to build the second boat above the falls. At 64, I can only dream of being able to do the things he did when 73 and he has 9 years on me. One can only wonder just how many more trips he made upriver!

    None, 30 Dec 2021
  • None

    I thought the film was great. If you want a really good read about canoeing down the Nahanni River read RM Patterson's book Dangerous River. Chris 2 Nov 2021

    None, 2 Nov 2021
  • garyh

    I first saw this classic NFB film in Grade 7 or 8 in the 1970s, courtesy of a film projector of course. This is my first time seeing it since then!! The story of a 73 year old man's quest for a lost gold mine in the Northwest Territories, and the rugged beauty of the landscape, now a National Park Reserve, make the film an absolute joy to watch.

    garyh, 23 Jul 2020
  • canuckft

    One of the finest movies NFB ever made. First saw it in the mid-sixties. The description has it wrong, though. The movie is about one man’s dogged quest which happens to be for a fabled gold mine up the spectacular Nahanni. I watch it about once a year and it is exactly as good as it was in 1962.

    canuckft, 20 Apr 2020
  • None

    I was 12 years old. It was the Centennial. My family had been to Expo, Ottawa and I was starting junior high. My English teacher showed this film a couple of weeks after the start of school as part of our ongoing Canadian Studies program in the never ending search for our Canadian Identity. It left a mark. Albert Faillie became a role model in some ways. His exploration of the wilderness, his determination and unfailing quest to find the gold showed perseverance and conviction that became hallmarks of character that I wanted to adopt and emulate. I have explored many parts of this country by canoe, snowshoe and on foot. I, like Faillie and Patterson, have travelled the Nahanni and other parts of the north. but still I have only seen a fraction of what our country has to offer. This film was an inspiration and formative in so many ways I cannot begin to explain. I am now 64. At various point in my life I have looked for this film so that I could see it again. Now after all this time I have had the opportunity and it as inspirational today as it was 52 years ago. Even with all of the travel and exploration of this great country, I feel that what I have done is miniscule. As much as I want to see more I know that time is short . But hearing again that Mr. Faillie was 73 and after witnessing what he was able to endure and accomplish on his 8th try, inspires me once again. Thank you NFB. Your service to this country in shaping it identity and preserving its culture has once again been inspirational 52 years later.

    None, 24 Nov 2019
  • charpsam

    I watched this film as a 6-year old in Cape Town around 1970,along with other wonderful Canadian Film Board films like Paddle to the Sea.They all made a big impression on me,but none more than this one.I have been haunted by the image of the old guy and his dogged quest in the inhuman landscape of the Nahanni.I am reading a book by John Buchan called The Sick Heart River which reminded me of this film,and I am so glad to have found it preserved on the Web.Thank you!

    charpsam, 22 Mar 2014
  • brick

    We canoed the Nahanni from its headwaters in 2011. It is the finest adventure of my outdoor life. The film captures the Nahanni in an accuarte but more primative state at the falls. I thought the film production was very well done and the musical score adds dramatically to the excitement. Alberts home and several of his boats are preserved in Fort Simpson (Mackenzie camped there in 1792). All I can say is that this is a great short film and thank the NFB for preserving it!

    brick, 15 Mar 2013
  • redoak

    Where is the Gold??? Will he find the Gold?? What would he do with the Gold?? What a tough old man! Always wanted to see Victoria Falls Patrick

    redoak, 10 Dec 2012
  • haxel

    You need to read the book by Dick Turner called Nahanni. Turner was another pioneer in this area.

    haxel, 13 Jan 2012
  • roberto

    A little investigative work on-line and now I know what became of Albert Faille he expired in his outhouse behind his cabin in Fort Simpson. He is a legend in this area.

    roberto, 6 Feb 2011
  • roberto

    WOW the strength and endurance of this man was something to behold not mention his determination to succeed. What ever happened to this man?

    roberto, 6 Feb 2011

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