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First Winter ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB520540
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  John N. Smith, Sam Grana, Roman Kroitor
Directors:  John N. Smith
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Fiction
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1981
Running Time:  26:37


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This historical drama features the first winter spent in Canada by a family of Irish immigrants deep in the Ottawa Valley. The year is 1830. Because the father is working in a logging camp, the mother has sole charge of the family. Sickness overtakes her, and she dies. The children are left on their own to survive. The film graphically illustrates the enormous hardships endured by the first settlers who had to cope with a climate with which they were unfamiliar. A beautiful, moving film.



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