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This short film focuses on the legend of a lost gold mine and a river in the Northwest Territories that lured men to their doom. Albert Faille, an aging prospector, set out time and again to find hidden gold. His route took him through the wild and awesome land particularly suited to the mood of this Canadian odyssey.

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  • director
    Donald Wilder
  • camera
    Donald Wilder
  • executive producer
    Nicholas Balla
  • commentary
    William Weintraub
  • editing
    George Kaczender
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn

  • charpsam

    I watched this film as a 6-year old in Cape Town around 1970,along with other wonderful Canadian Film Board films like Paddle to the Sea.They all made a big impression on me,but none more than this one.I have been haunted by the image of the old guy and his dogged quest in the inhuman landscape of the Nahanni.I am reading a book by John Buchan called The Sick Heart River which reminded me of this film,and I am so glad to have found it preserved on the Web.Thank you!

    charpsam, 22 Mar 2014
  • brick

    We canoed the Nahanni from its headwaters in 2011. It is the finest adventure of my outdoor life. The film captures the Nahanni in an accuarte but more primative state at the falls. I thought the film production was very well done and the musical score adds dramatically to the excitement. Alberts home and several of his boats are preserved in Fort Simpson (Mackenzie camped there in 1792). All I can say is that this is a great short film and thank the NFB for preserving it!

    brick, 15 Mar 2013
  • redoak

    Where is the Gold??? Will he find the Gold?? What would he do with the Gold?? What a tough old man! Always wanted to see Victoria Falls Patrick

    redoak, 10 Dec 2012
  • haxel

    You need to read the book by Dick Turner called Nahanni. Turner was another pioneer in this area.

    haxel, 13 Jan 2012
  • roberto

    A little investigative work on-line and now I know what became of Albert Faille he expired in his outhouse behind his cabin in Fort Simpson. He is a legend in this area.

    roberto, 6 Feb 2011
  • roberto

    WOW the strength and endurance of this man was something to behold not mention his determination to succeed. What ever happened to this man?

    roberto, 6 Feb 2011