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Red Run ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523212
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Jerry Krepakevich, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Murray Jurak
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Documentary, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  25m 02s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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In 1913, a railway blast sent hundreds of tons of rock cascading into the
Fraser River, blocking the path of thousands of returning salmon. The Fraser
Valley Aboriginal people rallied for days to save their fish, carrying them
one at a time over the fallen rock. Red Run recalls this dramatic
tale and reveals its impact today. Shimmering salmon still battle the Fraser's
currents every summer. And the 'River People' balance on the treacherous
cliffs, waiting to scoop them from the river with traditional dip and gill
nets. Director Murray Jurak, from the region's Lower Nicola Band, follows
members of three Siska families to the river's edge. To provide for her
family, Alice follows the time-honoured fishing methods traditionally
practised by men. Percy and Fred pass on their skills and respect for the
turbulent river to their two young sons. Set in the BC Interior, Red Run
captures an event as spectacular as it is dangerous.



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