Americans often appear to Canadians as relentless in the promotion of their materialistic lifestyle and culture; but a group of wealthy American families defy that stereotype. For over a century, they have traveled north to a lake area in Canada called Muskoka. Current generations still enjoy Adirondack-style houses established by their great-grandparents. Their love of the history and preservation of traditions contributes to the quintessential meaning of Muskoka. But Muskoka is rapidly changing. A New York Times article;The Malibu of the North;Hello, Goldie! Hollywood Has Discovered Muskoka; compared it to the astronomical development on Lake Tahoe. Its wealthy Canadians who build monster houses and McCottages. It's Canadian kids who roar around the lakes in massive cigarette-style boats; buzz around in jet-skis; and throw off damaging wakes with their wakeboard boats as music blasts from their speakers. It is a surprising role reversal—not one most Canadians are used to. Can Americans be preserving history, tradition and environment in Canada while Canadians are contributing to its demise? An American in Muskoka sets these changes against the daily summer life of an American family dynasty on Cliff Island. The island with its holdings is one of the most valuable properties in Muskoka. But with the recent death of the patriarch, the future of the island has been thrown into doubt.
Falling in love with the wrong person can have devastating repercussions for Mohawks on the Kahnawake reserve in Quebec. Award-winning director Tracey Deer takes a courageous look at her home community, raising questions of identity, history and tradition through the lives of four inspiring Mohawk women. With warmth, depth and humour, stories unfold about the heartbreaking costs of "marrying out" of their Mohawk Nation, the challenges faced by kids of mixed backgrounds, and the conflict between love and preserving the fabric of their community.