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Finding Farley screen shotsFinding Farley

Canada 2009, 62 min, documentary Director: Leanne Allison

Finding Farley was the product of couple Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison's quest to retrace the steps of literary legend Farley Mowat. Accompanied by their two-year-old son, their dog, and their video camera, the family documented their journey from Calgary to Nova Scotia. The film compiles footage from their five-month-long journey, canoeing, portaging and sailing. It showcases Canada's natural beauty as often as it testifies to the family's inspiring commitment and adventurous spirit.

No strangers to quixotic adventures, this is the second film for Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison. Their first, Being Caribou, took them to the Arctic to follow the migration of a Caribou herd. (Being Caribou was a well-attended screening in the SCFS Spring 2005 program.)

By contrasting their own journey with Mowat's — which took place over sixty years ago — Heuer and Allison create awareness about threats to the Canadian wilderness, which at times imbues the film with a sense of loss. However, this makes the audience all the more appreciative when the family does come across undisturbed beds of wilderness. Their son, Zeb, contributes a novel perspective to the adventure, approaching each new leg of the journey with all the wonder and positivity that accompanies idealistic childhood.

Finding Farley is an impressive and enchanting journey packed with serene landscapes, tender family moments and unexpected encounters. A real highlight in the film is Farley Mowat’s appearance and the letters he writes to the intrepid family.

Winner of: Grand Prize & Peoples Choice Prize Banff Mountain Film Festival 2009

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