Arctic film footage selected as Strombo Video of the Day

George Stroumboulopoulos has named the excerpt from The Romance of the Far Fur Country as put together by Kevin Nikkel of Five Door Films as the Video of the Day. See it here:

As noted on the Strombo site:

“What was life like in the Canadian Arctic in 1919? A recently restored documentary film, originally created to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Hudson Bay Company, presents a vivid vision of the northern part of the country as it was back then.”

While the footage does provide a glimpse into the past, it is important to also remember that many of the scenes were “staged” for the camera; further the titles that were presented as part of the finished motion picture attempted to project a view of the north as filtered through the lens of the Hudson’s Bay Company.


More media coverage of northern Canada film: CBC Edmonton AM Interview

My interview with with CBC Edmonton AM about Romance of the Far Fur Country was aired this morning (January 23, 2012).

Tune in here.