Co-producer Barbara Hager with two of the series’ three 2018 Leo Awards for Best Documentary Series, Best Screenwriting (Barbara Hager) and Best Music Composition (Russell Wallace).

Victoria producer’s docu-drama was a finalist for Canadian Screen Award

1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus tells history from Indigneous perspective

The Nature of Things: Ice Bridge won the 2019 Canadian Screen Award honour for Best History Documentary Series or Program last week in Toronto, beating out, among others, a project co-produced by Victoria-based Barbara Todd Hager.

Todd Hager, who is Cree and Métis, is one of three producers of the series 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, which explores history from an Indigenous perspective.

“For more than 500 years, non-Indigenous people have been defining our history,” Hager said in a statement. “With 1491, we’ve taken back the authority to tell our own historical narrative. Our eight-hour docudrama series is produced, written and directed by Indigenous women and features Indigenous scholars, cultural leaders and actors.”

Shot in Peru, Mexico, Canada and the U.S., the series was commissioned by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and features 20 dramatic re-enactments covering 15,000 years of history in the Americas.

Also nominated in the category were 100 Days to Victory and Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz. The awards in categories covering film, TV, news and sports programming were presented from March 25 to 31 during Canadian Screen Week.

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