Water of Life is a feature-length animated film that brings to vibrant life the early immigrant stories of three of Canada’s largest cultural communities—the Scottish, the Irish, and the French, as well as the heartbreaking tale of one of Canada’s indigenous communities.   It is a collaboration between award-winning Montreal-based visual artist and filmmaker G. Scott MacLeod and internationally celebrated storyteller and writer Mike Burns.

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The Abenaki – People of the Dawn

The Abenaki
A dramatic retelling of the history of the Abenaki First Nation, its early experiences with colonialism and its continuing struggle for survival.

The Saga of Murdo MacLeod and His First Contact with the Abenaki

Saga of Murdo MacLeod and Abenaki contact
An unlikely alliance with First Nations inhabitants save a group of 19th-century Scottish immigrants from certain death.

The Irishman – Child of the Gael

In The Irishman – Child of the Gael, our narrator, Sean recounts his maternal and paternal ancestors’ dramatic immigrant experiences in Canada from the 1800s to the early 20th century. 

The French Canadian

French Canadian
Jean-Pierre, a bootlegger from Sherbrooke, tells the iconic tale of his family’s arrival in Quebec in the 1640s, their work as farmers on the Seigneuries and as builders on the Trans-Canadian railway.

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