Film: "Fractured Land"

Wed, Mar. 02, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vernon
Schubert Centre - 3505 30th Ave
Screening includes LNG discussion with filmmaker Damien Gillis
— tickets @ door $10 ($5 students) 

“Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.”  That’s how renowned climate activist Bill McKibben describes Caleb Behn, the charismatic subject of the Canadian feature documentary Fractured Land.

On the heels of its award-winning run at the Vancouver International Film Festival, where it claimed Best BC Film and the VIFF Impact Canadian Audience Award, the film is touring BC. Fractured Land also received multiple five-star reviews and was named a Top Ten Audience Favourite at the world-renowned Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto.

With some of the world’s largest fracking operations on his territory, Caleb Behn, a young Indigenous lawyer from northeast BC, confronts the fractures within his community, his family, and himself as he struggles to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.

The coming-of-age story, produced and directed by first-time feature filmmakers Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher - in association with CBC’s documentary Channel and Knowledge Network - follows Behn as he grapples with the impact of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) on his territory. Caleb’s mother is a high-ranking oil and gas officer trying to make change from the inside; his father a residential school survivor and staunch environmentalist. Intelligent, articulate and speaking with conviction, Caleb has learned how to straddle these two different worlds, whether hunting beaver, throwing hatchets or studying legal briefs.

“This isn’t an environmental or ‘issue’ film,” notes filmmaker Gillis. “Yet through Caleb’s intensely personal journey, we delve deep into important topics like fracking, resource politics and Canada’s colonial legacy.”
Vancouver-based co-director/co-producer Rayher adds: “It's fascinating to watch this compelling and inspiring character blend modern tools of the law with traditional knowledge. He really welcomed us into his world.”

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