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The Fairy Faith - DVD ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB524351
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  John Walker, Kent Martin, Sally Bochner
Directors:  John Walker
Producing Agencies:  John Walker Productions Ltd. (Toronto), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Literature, Religious Studies, World History
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2000
Running Time:  117:02
Closed Captions:  Yes


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A fairy couple tries to steal a man's shadow. Another takes a man's wife. And yet another, claims a retired police chief, braided a horse's mane! "The little people." You can shrug them off as superstition, but what explains their perennial appeal?

As a boy, filmmaker John Walker learned the difference between a fairy tale and the fairy faith from his grandmother, who told him that if your heart is open, the fairies and their fabled world can be seen in the landscape.

In search of this ancient belief, Walker travels to the moors of England, the Highlands of Scotland and sacred sites in Ireland and Cape Breton. He meets a storyteller who saves an ancient fairy thorn bush from town developers, a painter who conjures up their magical features, and a Mi'kmaq elder who gives advice on how to understand the mysterious lot.

Magnificently photographed and set to a score of otherworldly music, The Fairy Faith spirits us away into another dimension.



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