Scenic City Film Festival – Konelīne: our land beautiful
From celebrated Canadian director Nettie Wild, an art film with politics, drama, and humour, KONELĪNE: our land beautiful explores different ways of seeing — and being.
A guide outfitter swims her horses across the vast Stikine River. The world’s biggest chopper flies 16,000-pound transmission towers over mountaintops. KONELĪNE’s characters delight while smashing stereotypes: white hunters carry bows and arrows; members of the Tahltan First Nation hunt out of a pickup with high- powered rifles. There are diamond drillers — both Native and white — and elders who blockade them. There’s a Tahltan son struggling to preserve a dying language, and a white guy who sings “North to Alaska ” to his stuffed moose.
MC’d by writer/activist David McLaren and Poet Naturalist, Lenore Keeshig, we are honoured to welcome Tahltan writer Oscar Dennis, who appears in the film, to attend our screening in OS coming all the way from Iskut, well north of Smithers, BC. Together, McLaren, Keeshig and Dennis will engage the audience with a lively Q&A session following the film.
“Oscar and his family have been activists on the land for decades. Oscar (and others) actually took over drill rigs two summers ago when drilling companies were working on his hereditary territory. But what makes Oscar doubly interesting is that he is also a businessman and involved in founding and finding investors for an alternative energy wind farm on his territory,” says Wild of Dennis.
Winner of the Best Canadian Documentary Feature Film at the 2016 Hot Docs International Canadian Documentary Festival in Toronto, KONELĪNE: our land beautiful does not lecture; it surprises with cinematic action and visual poetry. It is a bold experimental film from some of Canada’s leading documentary artists.
Tix available at Heartwood Home. $15/night or $40/fest. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.