Abandoned by the British, occupied and plundered by the Americans -
in the War of 1812, the people of Southwestern Ontario
will spend several years living in a brutal war zone.
This is their Story

Buy The Disc
Order the extended, 3-episode version on DVD or 1080p HD Blu-ray. Both DVDs and Blu-rays are currently in stock in the Ontario Visual Heritage Project store.
Watch it on TVO

Thank you to our broadcast partner, TVO for supporting this project! Watch this space for upcoming broadcast dates or you can check out TVO's program page for A Desert Between Us & Them.

Get the App

The A Desert Between Us & Them app connects Ontario’s 1812 stories with their geographical locations. Developed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, this application showcases video highlights from each of the three episodes in the A Desert Between Us & Them series. There are two ways for users to explore stories: by using the story index to select the stories that interest them most, or by using the map feature that displays stories according to their geography. The map feature uses geo-positioning to both show the user's location in relation to story content, and notify the user when they travel near a story's location. The map also highlights additional sites that are important to the overall story of the War of 1812 in Southwestern Ontario, which include additional information and photographs.

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News and Reviews

Windsor Star
September 28, 2013 - Jim Hagarty has written a review of A Desert Between Us and Them for the Windsor Star. Hagarty calls the program " a cinematic experience for not only the brain but also the senses." Read the full review here.
Upcoming Screenings

May 15th, 2014 - Port Dover Harbour Museum as part of the 200th anniversary commemoration of the Burning of Dover Mills. Show starts at 7:00 P.M. and admission is $5.

June 6th, 2014 - Beachville Museum in Oxford County. Show starts at 6:30 P.M.

Video Highlights & Extra Stories

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Visit our YouTube Channel to see video highlights from all three episodes of "A Desert Between Us and Them." We'll be releasing more clips over time, so check back often, or better yet, subscribe to our Channel to get notifications when we upload new videos.
Course Guide

This documentary series has been designed with teachers and students in mind. A course guide for grades 6 through 12, with activities connected to many different classes in the Ontario Curriculum, is available to download for free.
Land Between Documentary Project Partner Logos Ontario Visual Heritage Project Ontario Trillium Foundation Canadian Heritage Western Corridor City of Hamilton TVO Southwestern Ontario War of 1812 Haldimand County Norfolk County City of Brantford County of Brant Elgin County Museums London Tourism Long Point Regional Conservation Authority Sand Plains Development Fund Tourism Middlesex City of St. Thomas Chatham-Kent Tourism Windsor Essex