Death or Canada presents an epic tale of sacrifice and courage in the face of adversity. In 1847, Ireland was in the grip of a famine that would claim more than a million lives and force a million more to leave their country, escaping to North America in the holds of “coffin ships.” This docudrama reveals a forgotten chapter of the great Irish famine and how sick, desperate migrants unleashed upon North America a public health and refugee crisis beyond imagination. The film follows archaeologists as they uncover evidence of the refugee camp in the heart of what is now Toronto’s entertainment district. A leading epidemiologist dissects primitive treatments for the typhus epidemic that followed the Irish everywhere. More than a century and a half later, the impact of the Irish famine still reverberates. The crisis transformed a city, a nation and a continent, reshaping North American society forever.
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Length: 94 min.
Producer: Craig Thompson, Ballinran Productions
Producer Web site: http://www.ballinran.com/
Distributor: Ballinran Productions
Distributor Web site: http://www.ballinran.com/
Festival Screenings and Awards:
Best documentary Series (Nominee) in Irish Film and Television Academy Award, 2009
Best History Documentary Program or Series, Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television Gemini Awards, 2009
Best Photography in an Information Program or Series, Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television Gemini Awards, 2009
Best Sound in an Information Program or Series, Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television Gemini Awards, 2009
Best Original Score in an Information Program or Series, Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television Gemini Awards, 2009.
Irish TV, 2008
British TV, 2009
Canadian TV, 2009