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Impossible Home, The - Robert Kroetsch & his German Roots (9/52)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: White Pine Pictures
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1998
Available in French: Yes

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Prominent Canadian novelist and poet, Robert Kroetsch was born in his grandparentts' homestead shack in Keisler, Alberta. The town was settled by ethnic Germans whose descendants still farm the region to this day. His paternal great, great grandfather emigrated from Germany to Ontario in 1841. He built a watermill which soon became outmoded with the advent of new technology and diminishing forests, so the family moved west to homestead. The Kroetsch family history mirrors that of so many pioneers who survived despite great hardship and adversity. Filmmaker/cinematographer Carl Bessai's late father was a close friend and collegue of Robert Kroetsch and they share these German prairie roots. In French: Racines allemandes de Robert Kroetsch, Les