The Last Dogs of Winter
For the past 40 years, in a remote and harshly beautiful corner of northern Manitoba, Brian Ladoon has devoted his life to preserving and breeding an endangered species: the Qimmiq, Canada`s indigenous Eskimo dog… A wilderness lover's delight… this intimate, gorgeously rendered documentary intelligently surveys Ladoon's quixotic mission, the numerous obstacles he faces, and the uneasy co-existence of man, animal and nature in the small town of Churchill (pop. 873)… Botes comes to Ladoon's story through fellow New Zealander (and producer) Caleb Ross, a former actor [The Tribe]. As a 20-something, the adventuresome Ross travelled to Canada for love, but, as he notes, the affair went south and he went north, enticed by a job posting that read, 'Come to Churchill, breed Eskimo dogs, see polar bears'… Filming with a lightweight HD camera and only his wife as crew… Botes intercuts artfully shot interviews with spectacular outdoor scenes. Among the most captivating are those of the chained dogs interacting with the curious bears, and the lumbering white bears gamboling with one another in the snow.
1hr 37mins long