THE FISHING WIDOWS OF BAY ST LAWRENCE
A filmmaker chances upon a group of fisherwomen one day (she walked into a bar as it turns out.) The fishers are all widows from Bay St Lawrence - a tiny town in a remote corner of Nova Scotia.
The landscape, starkly beautiful, contrasts sharply with a town beset by social woes: youth unemployment, rampant substance abuse and a freakishly high male mortality rate.
Two of the widows, the Buchanan sisters Theresa and Margaret, grew up isolated and poor, scraping by for decades. But when their husbands died they took charge: they converted their fishing businesses into multi-million dollar operations while simultaneously recharging the town, generating a new sense of civic pride.
The sisters - brusque, self-effacing, bitingly funny- are unfazed by wealth, by recognition, certainly by the attentions of a devoted camera lens. They have lost their husbands, and some of their brothers and sons, but they've also gained new identities as independent women, de-facto leaders of the town.
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