Trucker Alex: North of Nowhere / This Car Was Made for Me
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Categories: |
In this week's episode we are featuring two documentaries, both with the protagonist behind the wheel.
Alex Debogorski is an ice road trucker. He hauls freight to those
tiny pin-pricks of light on the dark, empty Canadian barrenlands where
they mine for diamonds. Alex's highway is a six hundred kilometer furrow
of frozen water, ploughed lake ice stretching due north from the end of
the pavement in Yellowknife. Except for aircraft, it's the only way to
get to the mines. Even in the chilly Northwest Territories, only two
months of the winter are cold enough to freeze the lakes thick enough to
support a sixteen wheeler.
"Trucker Alex: North of Nowhere" was
produced by Dave Miller of CBC Yellowknife. It first aired on The
Sunday Edition in the March of 2008 and in 2009 it won a Silver Medal at
the New York Festivals.
Krista Foss and her friend Barb Kowalcek are about to go on a long
car trip. For fifty-two-year old Barb, this trip is special -- because
she's just got her driver's license. But as two friends hit the road it
soon becomes apparent that this trip is about a lot more than its
"This Car Was Made For Me" was produced for the Outfront by Krista
Foss and CBC's Carma Jolly. In 2004 it was recognized with a Certificate
of Merit at the Gabriel Awards.