Empire of Dirt (2013)

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.

Directing:
  • Peter Stebbings

Writing:
  • Shannon Masters

Stars:
Release Date: 2013-11-22
themoviedb icon 6.8/10
  • Country: CA
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 99
Luke Kirby
Luke Kirby
Russell Carter
Cara Gee
Cara Gee
Lena Mahikan
Jennifer Podemski
Jennifer Pode...
Minnie Mahikan
Jordan Prentice
Jordan Prenti...
Warren Fensky
Michael Cram
Michael Cram
Doc Baker
Kate Corbett
Kate Corbett
Wendy
Barbara Gordon
Barbara Gordo...
Mrs. Armstrong
Jean Yoon
Jean Yoon
Tess
Shannon Kook
Shannon Kook
Angel
Raoul Bhaneja
Raoul Bhaneja
Dr. Gaffney
Joris Jarsky
Joris Jarsky
Neil
Sarah Manninen
Sarah Mannine...
Anna
Lawrence Bayne
Lawrence Bayn...
Uncle Hank
Sarah Podemski
Sarah Podemsk...
Charmaine
Tony Nappo
Tony Nappo
Fisherman
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