Montreal filmmaker Magnus Isacsson dies

He wasn't just a movie maker but an activist.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

After a long battle with cancer, the National Film Board of Canada released a statement confirming that filmmaker and activist Magnus Isacsson had died. He was 64 years old.

“Magnus’s death is a great loss to the entire Quebec documentary film community,” said NFB chairman Tom Perlmutter in a statement (as reported by CBC News). “Magnus was so dedicated, so passionate about what he did. His greatest wish would be for us to continue his legacy in socially relevant documentary filmmaking and his commitment to social justice.”

Isacsson's flicks were mostly about social injustice and strove to be part of social change. Some of his more notable titles included his first film, "Toivo: Child of Hope," in 1990, 1996's "Power," 2004's "Hellbent for Justicea," and his most recent project, this year's "The Battle of Rabaska: Chronicle of an Environmental Conflict." He was also in the midst of working on "Ma vie réelle" about troubled teens, which will come out in the fall, and another movie called "Granny Power" was still being worked on in collaboration with his wife Jocelyne Clarke, whom he worked with frequently.

Isacsson also worked as a radio producer in his native Sweden as well as took on the role of professor for a period of time in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He immigrated to Montreal in 1970. He was a member and former co-chair of the Documentary Association of Canada (DOC), a member of the Association des Réalisateurs et Réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), and of SARTEC. He was a former vice-president of the Observatoire du documentaire.

Photo: National Film Board