WATCH: The Swedish Trapper

He was a man to ride the river with, locals say, but how did the Swede Gus Hedin travel the world to find himself in a trapper's cabin at Charlie Lake, and how did he come to spend his final days in a beach town in Tasmania?

Such is the journey of documentary filmmaker Viktoria Sahl, who travelled the globe to chronicle the story of Hedin, best known locally for his heroics trying to save 17 American soldiers from drowning in Charlie Lake during the building of the Alaska Highway.

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Sahl has released her documentary The Swedish Trapper, which includes interviews with North Peace historians and pioneers.

Chronicling Hedin’s life took Sahl and her filmmaking partners Elin Jonsson and Matilda Blom on an international mission, visiting Canada, Australia, and Tasmania as they retraced Hedin’s footsteps and life of adventure. Animator Charlotte Sköld was brought on to visualize and bring Hedin’s exploits to life.

Watch the documentary in full below.

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