NORTHWORDS is a cross-platform documentary project that tells the story of a literary expedition above the tree line,
led by award-winning journalist and activist Shelagh Rogers. In the summer of 2011, Rogers handpicked five of Canada's
leading writers to accompany her to a remote corner of northern Labrador to explore and seek inspiration, and to instigate
new stories and conversation about the north. The film tracks the group as they navigate the harsh and stunning terrain of
Torngat Mountains National Park - the country's newest national park, and a place steeped in geological and human history.
Along the way, they learn about issues facing the north today, and confront some of the dark moments in its recent past.
Through interviews, emotional moments, gripping action on the land, amazing wildlife encounters and insightful conversations
between the authors and Rogers, Northwords explores the idea of north and shows what happens when the country’s best
writers tackle one of its most overwhelmingly beautiful places.
Joseph Boyden, the Giller Prize-winning author of the novels ‘Three Day Road’ and ‘Through Black Spruce.’
Alissa York, whose novels ‘Mercy,’ ‘Effigy’ and ‘Fauna,’ have been nominated for the Giller Prize and other major awards,
and translated into several languages around the world.
Noah Richler, former BBC Radio producer, author of ‘This is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada,’ and
‘What We Talk About When We Talk About War.’
Sarah Leavitt, a Vancouver writer and cartoonist who received wide acclaim for her graphic memoir, ‘Tangles,’ about her
mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Rabindranath Maharaj, a Trinidad-born, Ajax, Ontario-based author of three short story collections and four novels, including
‘The Amazing Absorbing Boy,’ for which he won the Trillium Book Award.
A FilmCAN Production, from the creators of the National Parks Project + Shelagh Rogers Featuring Joseph Boyden, Alissa York,
Noah Richler, Sarah Leavitt and Rabindranath Maharaj / Narrated by Shelagh Rogers / Music and Sound by Paul Aucoin
Edited by Ryan J. Noth Cinematography by Stephen Chung / Written by Joel McConvey / Directed by Geoff Morrison
Produced by Joel McConvey, Geoff Morrison, & Ryan J. Noth
Produced with the financial participation of Parks Canada.