October 20, 2016. Secret Path, an animated film adaptation of Gord Downie's album and Jeff Lemire's graphic novel, will be livestreamed Sunday at the Kule Theatre at MacEwan University in Edmonton. Working with Downie's poetry and music, Lemire has created a powerful visual representation of the life of Chanie Wenjack. The film is divided into 10 chapters, each a song from Downie's musical retelling of Chanie's story -- from his escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School, to his subsequent and heartbreaking death from hunger and exposure to the harsh weather. The final product is a uniquely immersive emotional experience -- an insight into the life of a little boy who, as Downie has said, he never knew, "but will always love." Secret Path will be broadcast by CBC in an hour-long commercial-free television special beginning at 7 p.m. A short program at the Kule Theatre will precede the broadcast.
Secret Path, by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire, is the heart-wrenching tale of Chanie Wenjack. (Photo: www.facebook.com/events/)