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Franklin Fever Series Part 1: Film
February 13 @ 2:00 pm$3 – $10
Passage by John Walker
This winter the Mattatuck Museum will host a three-part series that will dive deep into historic mysteries with the tale of Sir John Franklin. In 1845 Franklin led two of the Royal Navy’s best ships and a crew of 128 men into the Arctic seeking Northwestern passage. The expedition’s two ships disappeared, and the men were never heard from again. The first of the three-part Franklin series will be a viewing of John Walker’s Passage (108 min.). Combining dramatic action and behind-the-scenes documentary footage, Walker delves deeper into the multi-layered story of Franklin and his crew’s fateful journey. He explores a Scottish doctor’s report from 1851 on the crew’s dismal fate. John Rae’s reports of madness and cannibalism did not sit well with British society, including Charles Dickens. The response was a bitter public campaign discrediting Rae’s finding and accusing an entire nation of Inuit of being murderous cannibals. Walker launches Rae’s story from the past into the present with a face-to-face meeting between the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens and Inuit statesman Tagak Curley, who challenges the fraudulent history.