Join us for Back to God’s Country, a free Canada on Screen event on October 17, 2017

Canada on Screen 

Film buffs, don’t miss this special Canada on Screen event! Created by Canada’s first female filmmaker, Nell Shipman, Back to God’s Country is Canada’s most successful silent movie. And for good reason, because this 1919 action melodrama has it all: adventure, romance, wild animals, stunts and more!

Special musical guest Gabriel Thibaudeau will join us to perform the score for this internationally acclaimed silent film.

Register today!


Screening details

Canada 150
  • Event begins at 6:30 p.m.; screening starts at 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Library and Archives Canada auditorium, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
  • Original English-language 35 mm film from our collection
  • Live musical accompaniment

Check out the promotional trailer on our YouTube channel.

Download the event poster [PDF 1,101 KB]

Canada on Screen

Canada on Screen

Canada on Screen

In recognition of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada on Screen showcases moving image works that have shaped Canadian culture, identity and heritage. The program is a co-production of TIFF, Library and Archives Canada, the Cinémathèque Québécoise, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver, and is made possible by TIFF's presenting partners, the Government of Canada, RBC, and the Government of Ontario, and supporting partner Telefilm Canada.

Back to God’s Country

Back to God’s Country (1919) is the oldest film in our collection and one of the earliest Canadian feature films. An international box-office smash and a critical triumph, the movie is considered the most successful silent film in Canadian history. The feature starred, and was written by, Canadian actress Nell Shipman, who also co-produced the film. It tells the story of Dolores LeBeau, who finds herself alone in a remote Arctic harbour and must depend on her wits and resourcefulness to ward off the man responsible for her father’s murder.

To learn more about this film, please read the fascinating short essay by Library and Archives Canada audiovisual archivist Steve Moore.

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Did you know?

Library and Archives Canada has over half a million hours of audiovisual recordings. Discover the thousands of Canadian films, videos and sound recordings in our collection and check out our YouTube video.

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