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| 18 min

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.

  • 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


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Ages 12 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Geography - Natural Resources
Science - Earth Science and Geology

Begin by researching Canada’s Northwest Territories, especially the area around the MacKenzie River. Discuss the obsession with finding gold. Apart from becoming rich, what other reasons could there be for wanting to find gold? Do we admire men like Albert Faille or do we dismiss them as dreamers? Compose journal entries from Faille’s point of view. In one, include how he fills his days and nights while waiting for the spring thaw. In a separate journal, express his thoughts en route to the Nahanni, as well as his hopes and disappointments.

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