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Legends of Magdalen

Filmmaker: Sharif Mirshak
Year: 2013
Length: 45 Min.
Color: Color
Details: HDTV
Cast: Aired on CBC

Description

A timeless documentary film tells a universal tale of the myths and legends of sunken treasure and shipwrecks surrounding the remote Magdalen Islands, the Quebec archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, North America's tempestuous inland saltwater sea. This unique film has won a Royal Reel Award at the Canadian International Film Festival, and the winner of Heritage Canada's StoryNet Documentary Film Challenge. Over 700 sunken ships are documented by Leonard Clark and three generations of his family in the village of Old Harry. Leonard is the ultimate amateur archaeologist; devoting his life to studying the history of the Magdalen Islands, the provenance of the legions of shipwrecks, and clues of sunken treasure forfeited by the sea. Along this singular path, Leonard Clark shares historical facts and sunken treasure lore with Mario Cyr, a local hero and world-renowned underwater cameraman. Today, history buffs, adventurers, and locals alike find numerous antique coins, wood relics, and other artifacts from centuries of European shipwrecks along the beaches of the Magdalen Islands. Our film delivers the narratives of both historical and living legends of these remote red-sand atolls.

Notes

A winner of a Royal Reel Award at the Canadian International Film Festival, a coveted spot on the Finalists List at BLUE Ocean Film Festival, the film is also the winner of Heritage Canada's StoryNet Documentary Film Challenge, and a Rogers Documentary Film Grant.

Aired on CBC (2013-16), The Documentary Channel (Canada), Air Canada, Delta Airlines,

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