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The Longer Trail

The Longer Trail

| 30 min
1955 58 films

This TV series from the mid-1950s blended documentary and fiction to tell Canadian stories from a Canadian perspective.


A story about a young Indigenous man from a reserve near Calgary and the problems he faces when he finds himself thrust into the world of the white man. Joe Lonecloud contracts tuberculosis and is taken to the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital in Edmonton. There he learns that he will never be able to return to the vigorous activity of the outdoors. In learning a trade and getting a job he encounters prejudice, which makes his adjustment all the more difficult.

  • director
    Fergus McDonell
  • producer
    Julian Biggs
  • script
    Charles E. Israel
  • photography
    Donald Wilder
  • sound
    Claude Pelletier
  • editing
    Dennis Sawyer
  • sound editing
    Brian Keene


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