Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Alone in the Wilderness

I have a movie to recommend - "Alone in the Wilderness". Or if you are not a movie-watching kind of person - you can read the book.

It is the story of a man who moved to Alaska in 1968 and lived alone in a cabin he built himself.

"Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. Using color footage he shot himself, Proenneke traces how he came to this remote area, selected a homestead site and built his log cabin completely by himself. The documentary covers his first year in-country, showing his day-to-day activities and the passing of the seasons as he sought to scratch out a living alone in the wilderness" (from IMDB).

My husband and I watched this movie a few years ago and we were fascinated by it. It's incredible to see what all this one man was able to do with only a few tools - some of which he made himself. He was in his 50's when he moved to Alaska.

Somehow I came across a reference to this movie recently and decided to check it out from the library again - this time with the intention of having the children watch it. They have watched about an hour of it so far and I'm surprised at how much they have enjoyed it.

So whether you are 6 or 66 - you might want to see if your library has this DVD or the book and check it out.


You can get some additional information via a free PDF file (it's large - over 500 pages).


CanadianGrandma said...

This movie was shown on TV and I have watched it twice. You are right, it is an excellent movie.

Jennifer said...

Awww, our library doesn't have it, nor do the rest of them in our county. :( I guess I'll put it on my Amazon.com wish list.