VIDEO: New movie uses found footage documenting life in Canadian Arctic, nearly 100 years ago
In 1919, the Hudson's Bay Company produced a silent film showing what it was like living along Canada's northern shores. They looked at fur trading and life and commerce in the Arctic areas. That movie was lost, but some of the original footage was found recently and turned into a new movie.
In Edmonton, Canada, this weekend, a nearly hundred year old film had a reshowing on the big screen.
The movie uses footage shot in 1919 for The Romance of the Far Fur Country, a movie shot by the Hudson's Bay Company to mark the company's 250th anniversary. That movie was lost, but in recent years historians discovered much of the original footage in the United Kingdom, about eight hours worth of film.
Using notes and diaries from the filmmakers, New Yorkers who traveled to Canada's rugged Arctic coasts, the CBC reported, the film was put back together and reshown this year.
The film depicts the work done by fur traders, but also gives viewers a glimpse of what it was like to live in turn-of-the-century Canada's wildnerness.
More showings of the rebuilt film are expected across Canada in the weeks ahead.