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Men of the Deeps

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Men of the Deeps is a moving portrait of a group of former Cape Breton miners gathered together by their love of song. They are all members of the Men of the Deeps chorus, whose performances of traditional and contemporary songs evoke their working lives as miners.

The film shows Cape Breton as a land of astounding physical beauty: mountains dropping away dramatically into the ocean; stunning, luminous skies; rivers cutting their way through lush green valleys. Many of the men began working in the mines as teenagers, and this is the land they left behind every working day. We see them, coal dust filling the grooves on their faces, working side by side in a black pit where death can come at any time.

It's a job to which most of the miners would return without a moment's hesitation.

Featuring 16 outstanding songs, Men of the Deeps captures the grace and dignity of a group of men whose livelihood has been lost but who use their voices to inspire and uplift.

2003, 51 min 37 s

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Gemini Award for Best Performing Arts Program or Seires or Arts Documentary Program or Series
Gemini Awards
December 11 to 13 2004, Toronto - Canada

Gemini Award for Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series - (Alex Salter, Dave Hillier, Martin Lee, Lou Solakofski)
Gemini Awards
December 11 to 13 2004, Toronto - Canada

Gemini Award for Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series
Gemini Awards
December 11 to 13 2004, Toronto - Canada

Award of Excellence for Documentary Cinematography
Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards
April 3 2004, Toronto - Canada

Award for Excellence in Sound Design (David Hillier, Alex Salter) - with a cash prize of 500$ and 10,000$ services to director
Atlantic Film Festival
September 13 to 21 2003, Halifax - Canada

Honorable Mention
Atlantic Film Festival
September 13 to 21 2003, Halifax - Canada

Audience Award
Hot Docs
April 25 to May 4 2003, Toronto - Canada

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