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The Mystery of the Bell

Modern sleuthing solves the century-old intrigue shrouding the stolen Bell of Batoche.
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REBELLION, MURDER AND MYTH ON THE CANADIAN FRONTIER

This small bell, weighing 20 kilograms, has a secret past.

CBC News follows up on the Bell of Batoche story.

According to legend, this is the bell that was stolen from the church in Batoche, Saskachewan by Canadian soldiers after they’d defeated Louis Riel and his Metis fighters in 1885.

In the next hundred years,  the bell was hidden – buried in a field, submerged in a stream, locked away in a safe – anywhere where it would be kept away from those who wanted it back.  The government was looking for it. The Metis were looking for it.

A century later it was stolen back by Metis militants and kept hidden for another  twenty years as a power struggle over the future of this icon played out.

The Mystery of the Bell is a CBC-TV documentary that follows the journey of the bell through its tumultuous history, including the larger-than-life drama of rebellion and war on the Canadian frontier.

Finally, the mysterious bell appeared this summer in Batoche in a triumphal ceremony celebrated by thousands of Metis from across the country. Correspondents from across Canada were there. It was covered on national news networks as the final chapter in the saga of the Bell of Batoche.

But is this really the Bell of Batoche? What is its secret? The mystery that unfolds is a dramatic detective story that spans the country as we follow a series of clues to reveal the remarkable truth about this bell.

Just as in the classic drama The Maltese Falcon, nothing is as it seems in The Mystery of the Bell.

Credits (Click to expand)

Written, Produced and Directed by
MARK STAROWICZ

Produced and Co-Directed by
WAYNE CHONG


Directors of Photography
MICHAEL SWEENEY csc
HANS VANDERZANDE

Edited by
MURRAY GREEN
JACQUES MILETTE


Host/Narrator
ANN-MARIE MacDONALD


Music Consultant
PATRICK RUSSELL

Sound Mix
RON SEARLES


Unit Manager
SIBEL SAUNDERS

Visual Research
SONJA CARR


Executive Director, Documentary Programming
MARK STAROWICZ

Executive Producer, Doc Zone
MICHAEL CLAYDON


Singer
KRYSTLE PEDERSON

Musician
JOHN ARCAND

Millbrook Choir
MARK R. HISCOX, Conductor
JUSTIN J. HISCOX, Accompanist


Casting
GAIL CARR CDC

Character Voices
JAMES DOWNING
NEIL BABCOCK
CHRISTIAN LAURIN


Historical Consultant
JULIETTE CHAMPAGNE

Research
JULIEN LABROSSE


Senior Manager
WILMA ALEXANDER

Production Manager
DAVID WILSON

Associate Director
IAN CAMPBELL


Resource Coordinators
ANALISA AMOROSO
MEGAN BEECKMANS

Associate Business Manager
DINA PINO

Assistant to Mark Starowicz
NADINE SIMUNIC


Presentation Producer
DAVID GIDDENS

Web Producer
ANNETTE BRADFORD

Communications
TERRY WARNE


Doc Zone Theme Music
KEN MYHR

Graphic Design
JONATHAN KENNEDY


Additional Camera
JOHN BADCOCK
JORDAN BELL
IAN CAMPBELL
GEORGES LASZUK
ED MIDDLETON

Field Sound Recording
MARY WONG
RICHARD NAULT


Sound Design
ALAN GELDART

Packaging Editor
MICHAEL READMAN

Colour Correction
ERIC BARNETT


 

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