Special Showing

Fractured Land

Wednesday, May 3 at 7pm

A young indigenous leader confronts the fractures in his community as he fights to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.

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Fractured Land

Starring: Caleb Behn

What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.

  • Director: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher
  • Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The filmmakers and subjects want to shake the audience awake. They're daring Canadians to not shy away from soaking in a portrait of a Canada trying to move forward with strained First Nations relations while precariously balancing the economic benefits of energy development, damning environmental reports and mounting domestic and international criticism.”

– Huffington Post

This film is presented by the Williams College Davis Center as part of their year-long Social Change Film Series.