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Catalogue Number:  NFB528402
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Pierre Bernier, Diane Poitras
Directors:  Serge Morin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Architecture, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Engineering, Geography, Science, Social Studies, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1998
Running Time:  71m 48s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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A day-to-day record of the construction of the Confederation Bridge linking Prince Edward Island to the mainland, Abegweit reveals some of the innovations which made this mammoth project one of the most impressive engineering feats in Canadian history.

The film also gives a voice to the people affected by the bridge--construction workers happy to have the work and proud to be part of the project, ferry employees sad about losing their jobs and their seagoing family, islanders whose lives will be forever changed by the fixed link, and fishermen worried about the impact it will have on the environment and their livelihood.

Abegweit captures the awesome scope of this engineering feat and the human side of such a massive undertaking. It is a stunning meeting of technology, politics, high finance and intense emotions.

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