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Going beyond Balto, film shows life-saving dog run

By By RACHEL D'ORO

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A documentary detailing a 1925 delivery of life-saving serum by Alaska sled dog relay teams is opening the Anchorage International Film Festival on this week.

The 5-day run to Nome on Alaska's western coast after a deadly diphtheria breakout is detailed in "Icebound," by filmmaker Daniel Anker. A national theatrical release is set for spring.

The film is narrated by actor Patrick Stewart and explores the 674-mile race against death, using black-and-white photos and film footage, interviews with survivors or their descendants, modern mushers and historians, and longtime Alaska journalists.

The National Endowment for the Humanities provided $695,000 in funding for the film, which came in at nearly $1 million.

The official medical record counted five diphtheria deaths in Nome, but many believe there were more.

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