Voice of the Fugitive

In the 1850s, Canada meant freedom for many escaped slaves, but the route known as the "underground railroad" was a dangerous one at the best of times. This drama tells the story of one group travelling the perilous route. It tells, too, of the people who could be trusted to help, and of the trackers and their dogs, who could cut off the lifeline to the border suddenly and very cruelly.

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René Bonnière
Maxine Samuels
executive producer
Roman Kroitor
John Kent Harrison
Eugene Boyko
Claude Delorme
Barrie Howells
sound editing
John Knight
Michel Descombes
George Ashley
Taborah Johnson
Arleigh Peterson
Dennis Picaud
Chris Wiggins
Jim Bearden
Ruth Springford
Dwayne McLean
Tracey Connell
Delroy Lindo
Phyllis Marshall
Amah Harris
Jack Van Everra
Ken James


  • GeorgeMcNeishFSCPP

    “Very graphic. I have been writing about the hardships of the fugitive slaves, but this film highlighted some aspects I had overlooked. I am sure many a mother had given up her life so that her child could be free, but how is that child to cope knowing his mother paid such a dear price for his freedom. Still I would rather have been in the place of the mother or the child that to be one of the oppressors. Who knows what torment they will suffer in the life to come. I thought the music was appropriate. The beat of it mimicking how their hearts must have been racing as they ran from danger. The clashes of each downfall as members of the party were lost and the others were forced to go on without them. All the while the anticipation of freedom and the bitter sweet joy that would bring. The film was well thought out and showed many of the possible outcomes of running or aiding those who ran. I especially liked the scene with the trapper who, while keeping himself safe from the law expressed his contempt for the slave catcher. ” — GeorgeMcNeishFSCPP, 5 Apr 2015

  • Dante

    “Quite a good film, the only problem I had was the music, I found it way to upbeat for such a serious topic, especially right at the start of the film when they were being chased, I really found that music too upbeat, more like some great game they were all playing. ” — Dante, 24 May 2013

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