A Desert Between Us and Them
A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812 is a cinematic documentary that explores those stories that make the War of 1812 a "modern war" by stepping back in time to experience the conflict through the eyes of the people of South-western Ontario, who spent several years living in a War Zone. Some died in combat, but many more had their homes destroyed, their livelihoods ruined or their crops stolen. Thousands became refugees, clinging for survival to the British Army. Some chose to aid the Americans, and died for their disloyalty at the hands of the British. Others became insurgents, fighting the American occupiers long after the British army abandoned them. And still others begrudgingly agreed to uphold an ancient covenant, and fought against their brothers in the United States. By the time word of peace finally came in early 1815, almost everyone living in the War’s Western Theatre was impacted in some way by the conflict --‐ and many had their lives forever altered.
Part 1: The Refugees Logline
After the loss of Lake Erie to the Americans, the British abandon Upper Canada’s Western Frontier, and the Moravian Delaware flee to Burlington Heights with thousands of other refugees.
Part 2: The Traitors Logline
The majority of settlers on Upper Canada’s Western Frontier were born in the United States. While most residents try to avoid the conflict, some will choose to aid the Americans and die for their disloyalty at the hands of the British.
Part 3: The Raiders Logline
In the fall of 1814, Governor Cass and General McArthur plan a total militarised destruction of Upper Canada’s Western Frontier. Peace comes as the refugee camps at Burlington heights become increasingly desperate and the British government is flooded with War Claims.