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Island film ‘The Song and the Sorrow’ brings home award from international festival

“The Song and The Sorrow,” is a mid-length documentary that is dedicated to the life and music of Gene MacLellan.
“The Song and The Sorrow,” is a mid-length documentary that is dedicated to the life and music of Gene MacLellan. - Contributed

Short documentary follows Catherine MacLellan as she talks about her father’s music, life and mental health

A documentary about the life and music of Canadian icon Gene MacLellan has brought home hardware from the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival.

Island filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes’s “The Song and the Sorrow” was named Best Atlantic Short Documentary at the festival which ran from Sept. 13 to 20.

The documentary followed Catherine MacLellan, daughter of Gene, as she explored his life and music while he dealt with depression. The elder MacLellan, known for songs such as “Snowbird” dealt with depression throughout his career. In the movie, Catherine, her friends, and family members talk about Gene’s battle with mental illness and the importance of having open conversations about mental health.

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