Director: Peter StebbingsWriter(s): Shannon Masters
Star(s): Cara Gee, Shay Eyre, Jennifer Podemski
When single mom Lena (Gee), realizes that her daughter may be in danger of succumbing to the same addiction issues she herself faced, she decides to leave the city and return home to her estranged mother (Podemski) in the rural Aboriginal 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.
Powerful and inspiring, Empire of Dirt was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture.
“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, The Toronto Star
A longtime actor, Stebbings’ directorial debut was Defendor, and his second film, Empire of Dirt (p.23), was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards. As an actor, notable credits include Citizen Duane (p.19), Murdoch Mysteries, The Borgias and Bates Motel. He is currently directing The Disappearance, a TV miniseries.
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