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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Donald Wilder
Donald Wilder
executive producer
Nicholas Balla
William Weintraub
George Kaczender
Ron Alexander
Roger Lamoureux
Eldon Rathburn


  • 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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