Day 160 - Montreal
Magnus Isacsson is a documentary film-maker in Montreal focused on third world development, environmental and human rights issues. His National Film Board "thought-provoking and shocking" film URANIUM created a huge controversy when it was shown in Canada and received the Golden Sheaf award for best documentary film in 1991. The film details the havoc radio active contamination from Canada's uranium mines has created especially among the native population. Isacsson's most recent documentaries is "Out of the Ashes" about war, famine and development issues in Ethiopia and "Great Whale" about the Cree Indians' fight against a hydro-electric dam in Northern Quebec. Magnus started his broadcasting career as a radio producer for the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. His father Arne Isacsson and his uncle Torsten Rehnquist are two of Sweden's most famous contemporary artists. At age 28 Magnus started working for the English and French networks of CBC in Montreal producing reports for such popular programs as "The Fifth Estate" and "Le Point". Eventually he felt stifled by the comfort and indifference of network television and set out on his own showing that it is possible to successfully defend your ideals camera in hand.