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The Last Dogs of Winter

New Zealand 2011, 97 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

For the past forty years, in a small town in northern Canada called Churchill, Brian Ladoon has been devoting his life to raising an endangered breed: the Canadian Eskimo Dog (the Qimmiq). These wild dogs were used as work dogs, but in 1960 the Canadian government began to kill them systematically for “disturbing the peace”. Ladoon tackles a quixotic mission: tourists arrive in Churchill for the polar bears living in the snow covered hills, but he would like to show the world and his disapproving neighbors that the Qimmiqs deserve a special consideration. With the help of a New Zealander television star who fell in love with the project, Eskimo Dog’s best friend Ladoon succeeds in saving the dogs.

Director, Script & Editing: Costa Botes
Production & Cinematography: Costa Botes, Caleb Ross
Production Company: Lonely Pine Productions
Print Source: Beth Brash (beth@nzfilm.co.nz)Director CV
  • Sat 5/5 15:15, Cinemateque 4
  • Sun 6/5 10:00, Cinemateque 3
Costa Botes has had a long independent career as a director of both drama and documentary (Stalin’s Sickle, Forgotten Silver,Saving Grace, Candyman). He has taught film, and produced (award-winning Day Trip). He was also a well-known film critic for many years, with a reputation for honesty and an acerbic wit

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