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The Tenth Frontier - Volume 7

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Blackwood (1976) Born in Wesleyville, Newfoundland, David Blackwood is one of Canada's most important etchers. As he takes us through the process of creating one of his works of art, we see images of his life in Newfoundland juxtaposed with his stark and moving images. This beautiful, Oscar®-nominated film perfectly captures the moods of Blackwood's work. (28 min.)

"I Just Didn't Want to Die" (1991) In March 1914, the Newfoundland set sail from Wesleyville, taking 132 men out sealing. Miles from shore, the ship got stuck in the ice, so the men went over the side to walk to the sealing ground. When a terrible storm struck, they were stranded. It took rescuers three days to arrive; by then, 78 men were dead and another nine missing. This tragic story is told through the words of men who were there, and the haunting prints of David Blackwood. This film is closed captioned. (19 min.)

The Tenth Frontier is a 12-part series highlighting 50 years of NFB films from and about Newfoundland and Labrador. From touching personal stories, to portraits of public figures, to windows on ways of life now past, The Tenth Frontier is a treasure of historical films and fresh perspectives.

2000, 49 min 19 s

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