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I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Canada 1973. Dir: Daryl Duke. 90 min. Blu-ray Disc

II. A Tribute to Daryl Duke
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A young Anglican priest is assigned to a remote Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) community in British Columbia in Vancouver-born producer-director Daryl Duke’s much-loved telefilm, adapted from the best-selling novel by American author Margaret Craven. English actor Tom Courtenay has the lead; Dean Jagger plays his bishop; and local First Nations performers Marianne Jones, Paul Stanley, and George Clutesi top the supporting cast. Craven’s book was based on her experiences visiting Kingcome (aka Gwa’yi), the story’s setting, and other Kwakwaka’wakw villages on B.C.’s coast. In 2003, Duke, a central figure in local filmmaking and broadcasting (he co-founded CKVU-TV, now Citytv Vancouver), became the first Western Canadian to win the Directors Guild of Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award. “Beautiful film translation of the Margaret Craven book” (Leonard Maltin).

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Introduced by Colin Browne
Guest in attendance: Anne-Marie Dekker, whose late husband was Daryl Duke