Empire of Dirt

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Empire of Dirt

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Empire of Dirt

Release Date: November 22, 2013

Year    :   2013
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Angel Entertainment, Redcloud Studios, Narrow Path Productions, Téléfilm Canada, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Canadian Film Centre (CFC)
Director    :   Peter Stebbings
Producers    :   Colin Brunton, Bob Crowe, Jennifer Podemski, Sara Kay, Jenny Lewis, Maureen Evans, Geoff Ewart, Heather K. Dahlstrom
Writers    :   Shannon Masters
RunTime    :   99 mins.

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.

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