Back to God’s Country

Director: David Hartford Year: 1919 Run Time: 73min
Back to God's Country (1919)

The first (and earliest surviving) feature film made in Canada by Canadians, Back to God’s Country tells the story of Delores LeBeau, who goes on a treacherous journey to the Arctic with her husband on a vessel captained secretly by the man who murdered her father. In a tense and action-packed sequence, Delores must save her husband from the malicious Rydal and survive in the unfamiliar Arctic conditions.

Written and starring female filmmaking pioneer and creative powerhouse of the silent era, Nell Shipman, this is also the most successful silent film in Canadian history and is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019.


David Hartford


Nell Shipman, James Oliver Curwood


James Oliver Curwood, Ernest Shipman


Nell Shipman, Charles Arling, Wheeler Oakman, Wellington A. Playter




English, French

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
NR Manitoba
G New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
G Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
G Prince Edward Island
G Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon