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Encore Presentation of "Brotherhood" to Commemorate 98th Anniversary of Balsam Lake Tragedy, 5th Anniversary of Film

KAWARTHA LAKES: The Kirkfield & District Historical Society & Museum has announced an encore presentation of the film Brotherhood on July 20th at 7:00 p.m. The screening will take place at the museum in honour of the 98th anniversary of the tragic events at Balsam Lake in 1926.

Directed by Richard Bell, Brotherhood is a gripping portrayal based on true events, chronicling a harrowing tale of survival and sacrifice. Set against the backdrop of Long Point - Balsam Lake,

the film brings to life the bravery and resilience of a group of young men whose lives are forever altered by an unforeseen calamity during a canoeing trip in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes.

The July 20th event will not only feature the film screening but also include a special documentary highlighting the restoration and rededication of the brotherhood’s gravesite in St. James Cemetery, Toronto. Previously, Brotherhood received a private theatrical screening for residents of the Balsam Lake community in July 2019, which was also attended by then provincial lieutenant governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell. The film opened theatrically in December 2019 and went on to screen at 65 Canadian cinemas.

Brotherhood features an ensemble cast including Brendan Fehr, Brendan Fletcher, Jake Manley, Gage Munroe, and Spencer MacPherson. The film has garnered critical acclaim and received the Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Visual Effects in 2020.

Admission is by donation.

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