Fractured Land

Fractured Land

(2015, 75 minutes)
"Deep down we're all fractured", an oil and gas representative tells young Aboriginal leader and lawyer Caleb Behn. Behn knows that feeling all too well, as he struggles with the role he'll play in protecting his traditional territory under Treaty 8 in northern British Columbia, an area that is currently under siege from some of the world's largest natural gas operations. The troubling reality is that the same industry threatening traditional practices and livelihoods is also responsible for giving his parents jobs that provided him with his lifestyle and education. Whether hunting beaver, throwing hatchets or studying legal briefs, the burden of leadership is visible in Behn, as he knows others are looking to him for a better future. Following him from the pristine North to downtown Vancouver and a fracked territory in New Zealand, Fractured Land provides optimism and empowerment toward issues that can seem dire and insurmountable. As Bill McKibben, founder of puts it, "Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.

Directors: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher
Producers: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher

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Fractured Land
  • Fractured Land

    (80 min) Indigenous Studies; Human Rights; Colonization

    The dilemma of Indigenous people who, having been shut out of the economy through colonization, are facing a psychological war of having to decide between traditional cultural needs as stewards of the land and temporary income from resourc...

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