Fred Eagle­smith, he calls himself, the Cana­dian singer, guitar player and song­writer who has accu­mu­lated a loyal throng of fans with his alter­na­tive country music. His orig­inal name, however, is Fred­erick Elgersma, descen­dant from a Friesian immi­grant family in Ontario. Film­maker Huib Stam films Eagle­smith in Canada, and also when paying his first visit to Fries­land. On a windy grave­yard, he walks among the graves bearing his family name, while a distant rela­tive explains. He feels kinship with the country, which reminds him of Canada. This could have been Lake Ontario’, he says, driving along the water. As a result of his visit, he sheds some prej­u­dices about his ances­tors and rela­tives. He tells about his reli­gious upbringing and his life as a musi­cian. Stam also follows him on the road, with the decrepit touring bus, the eternal dressing rooms and stages and of course a lot of music.

Title: There Ain't No Easy Road
Year: 2002
Duration : 50 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2002

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