Between The Rock and a Hard Place
For generations Newfoundlanders have been leaving The Rock
to find work. The necessity has almost become a tradition, even
a right of passage. With the collapse of the cod fishery and the
province’s economic decline, this migration has taken on
new meaning. Where have many Newfoundlanders gone? To northern
communities scattered across Canada like the tough little town
of Fort Nelson, British Columbia.
The 44-minute documentary film Between the Rock and a Hard
Place, finds these displaced Newfoundlanders adapting well
to jobs in the resource industries of gas and timber in Fort Nelson,
B.C. Theirs is a bitter-sweet lot, however, as money can never
quite mute the yearning for a return to The Rock. They miss the
smell of the salt air, the ocean, and the familiarity of their
culturally distinct communities. Traveling to Newfoundland we
visit the beautiful but vacated communities, friends and relatives
they have left behind. We learn that theirs is also a tragically
ironic situation. Exhausting one resource, these economic migrants
are compelled to participate in the exploitation of yet another
Between the Rock and a Hard Place, is not only a fascinating
story about human survival and the Newfoundlanders often humorous
influence on the town of Fort Nelson, but also asks us all to
reflect on how we choose to manage our resources and how these
choices effect the communities that depend on them.
Between the Rock and a Hard Place has been broadcast
on CBC Newsworld Rough Cuts, CBC Newfoundland, Knowledge Network
and Saskatchewan Communications Network.
Produced by Jim Hamm Productions Ltd., in association with CBC
Newsworld, Canadian Television Fund: Licence Fee Program, British
Columbia Film and Rogers Documentary Fund.
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Producer & Director - Jim Hamm
Writers - Pj Reece, Jim Hamm, and Peter Von Puttkamer
Camera - Peter Von Puttkamer
Editor - Peter Von Puttkamer
Narrator - Robert Nasmith
For CBC Newsworld - Jerry McIntosh and Don Richardson
Produced by Jim Hamm Productions Ltd., in Association with CBC