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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer
1999, production : Craig Berggold, Teresa Marshall
Canada possesses a unique desert ecosystem in the South...
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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer
1999, production : Craig Berggold, Teresa Marshall
A coalition of environmentalists, concerned citizens and...
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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer
1999, production : Craig Berggold, Teresa Marshall
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The Barrens Quest
1997, production : Peter Blow
Canada's diamond industry is currently worth over 2 billion...
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The Barrens Quest
1997, production : Peter Blow
An environmental scientist opposes a proposal for a diamond...
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The Barrens Quest
1997, production : Peter Blow
The NWT Dene, like many First Nations across Canada, are...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
The temperate rainforest of British Columbia is one of the...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
The government defends the logging practices of B.C.'s...
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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer
Excerpt  (2:28) 1999, production : Craig Berggold, Teresa Marshall
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Canada possesses a unique desert ecosystem in the South Okanagan-Similkameen Valley commonly called the Pocket Desert. The land was home to many First Nations, but was transformed by settlers over the last hundred years into a largely agricultural landscape. The remaining natural heritage is described in this excerpt through the emergence of spring.

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Every outlaw needs an enemy, and for a young girl growing up on a ranch in the last corner of the Canadian wild west, the rattlesnake takes centre stage as the perfect demon for her childhood imagination. In the dry interior of British Columbia, the south Okanagan and Similkameen valleys form the scenic bio-region known as Canada's 'pocket desert'. As settlers' dreams of creating an agricultural Eden erase fragile desert lands that support a breathtaking array of wild species, the narrator and her snake-hunting neighbours are forced to examine their environmental attitudes. Superb wildlife cinematography and rare archival film clips combine with dramatic personal stories in this compelling documentary.