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Treasures of the Far Fur Country
dir. Harold Wykoff
Canada, 1920, 30 minutes
English sub-titles

International Polar Film Festival
Cinéma Impérial, Montréal, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 9:15 pm
Selections of rarely seen footage documenting the Hudson Bay Company's activities and First Nations communities in the Canadian north in the early 20th century.  Two filmmakers spent six months travelling by icebreaker, canoe, horse drawn sleigh and dog sled in 1919 to shoot a feature film in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Hudson's Bay Company. The film was released across Western Canada, and was eventually re-cut for a British version and screened in London. Less than a decade later, the film disappeared from public view; the canisters of nitrate film stock were packed away by the HBC in an archive in London for safe-keeping – but lost to the world... until now.  This archival screening includes excerpts from the newly restored nitrate footage of The Romance of the Far Fur Country and other titles recently returned to the collection of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives in Winnipeg.