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Fox Chaser: A Winter on the Trapline

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Catalogue Number:  HS0008
Producer:  Hidden Story Productions Ltd.
Subject:  Canadian Geography, Canadian History, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Peoples, Nature
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2018
Running Time:  44:00

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In the harsh winters of Northern Alberta, a young man struggles to protect his childhood dream of living on the trapline in a changing world. Robert Grandjambe Jr. has spent his life on the land, learning from his mother, father and grandfather, and growing into the bushman he always knew he was. With encroaching industrial development and increasing family obligations, this may be his last chance to live his passion in the freedom of the wild, harvesting furs and food. 

In the remote village of Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabasca, food security is scarce, and country foods harvested from the land have always been important. As more and more people leave the bush for the city, a trapper's life becomes increasingly isolated, and his family reluctantly accepts the lifestyle choices he has made, regretting his absence from raising his child. Determined to continue living in the natural world he loves, Robert finds freedom in a dying way of life, as he witnesses the mounting stresses put on the land by the toxic industries that feed and power our growing cities. Whether you are First Nation's or not, we all live off the land.

Filmmaker Profile: Chris Hsiung is an engineer turned award-winning documentary filmmaker. He runs Hidden Story Productions, an organization dedicated to using documentary storytelling to nurture a more compassionate, just, and intelligent society. His journey has taken him from Kathmandu where Nepalese youth push for better water sanitation to local Alberta Indigenous communities who struggle to be recognized in their own home. Chris directed and produced the award winning documentary “Elder in the Making”.

Rio Mitchell is a documentary artist and mountaineer who’s life, love and work often stay close to the great Continental Divide – straddling the glaciers, mountains, drainages and stories of Alberta and BC. Her work explores land-based relations; stories of people which may overlap to tell the story of a Place.

Winner best cinematography, director and film in Alberta

Nominated for best doc at the Canadian Screen Awards

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