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Indigenous Film Night (Empire of Dirt)

This screening took place on
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:00pm
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Yukon Film Society and REEL Canada are pairing up to host an Indigenous Film Night on Wednesday, May 17:
a selection of short films and the feature film, Empire of Dirt. FREE ADMISSION!

Empire of Dirt.
When single mom Lena realizes that her daughter may be in danger of succumbing to the same addiction issue she herself faced, she decides to leave the city (Toronto) and return home to her estranged mother in the rural Indigenous community of her youth. The homecoming forces Lena to deal with her past and raises issues that test all three generations of this family of spirited women. Mature themes and strong language.

“Empire of Dirt tells a traditional mothers-and-daughters story in a new way by making their Cree heritage and the role it has in their lives and relationships the true heart of the drama.” - Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Preceded by these short films:

Released Dir. Chantal Rondeau (Northern Tutchone), 2015, Yukon, 10 minutes
Karen Nicloux, an Indigenous embroidery artist from Yukon, has struggled with drug addiction, and time in prison, since a so-called friend offered her cocaine when she complained of a headache. This inspiring doc follows Nicloux’s journey to stitch her life back together.

Indian Dir. Darryl Nepinak (Saulteaux). 2008, Manitoba, 2 minutes
In this amusing and powerful short, the etymology of the word “Indian” is deconstructed at the Canadian National Spelling Bee.

MIA’ Dir. Amanda Strong (Metis) + Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Kiahoose), BC, 2015, 9 minutes. A young Indigenous street artist struggles to return home after being transformed into a salmon.

The Orphan and the Polar Bear Dir. Neil Christopher, 2014, Nunavut, 9 minutes
Producers: Neil Christopher + Louise Flaherty (Inuk).
In this adaption of an Inuit legend, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder and, under the bear’s guidance, learns the skills needed to survive.

  • Directed by Peter Stebbings
  • 2013, Ontario
  • 99 minutes
  • Parental Guidance Advised
Indigenous Film Night (Empire of Dirt)

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