About the film
parent child relationship native american abuse
Empire of Dirt
Release Date: November 22, 2013
|Production Companies||:||Angel Entertainment, Redcloud Studios, Narrow Path Productions, Téléfilm Canada, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Canadian Film Centre (CFC)|
|Producers||:||Colin Brunton, Bob Crowe, Jennifer Podemski, Sara Kay, Jenny Lewis, Maureen Evans, Geoff Ewart, Heather K. Dahlstrom|
Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena was 15, she was pregnant and, before giving birth, was kicked to the curb by her mom. The cycle continues and Lena is now watching helplessly as her own daughter, Peeka, spirals out of control, landing herself in the hospital following a drug overdose. As a final attempt at survival, Lena decides to return home and face her own mother and a past she’s desperate to escape.