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Empire of Dirt (2013)




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Three generations of Canadian aboriginal women find strength in family while confronting addiction and dysfunction in rural Ontario. When her daughter suffers an overdose, single mother Lena packs them both up and heads to her estranged mother's home far from the city. A model and recovering drug user herself, Lena knows well the dangers of addiction, and realizes that her daughter's very life is at stake. But before these three women can reclaim the future, they must first own up to the sins of their pasts.

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Cara Gee
as Lena Mahikan
Shay Eyre
as Peeka
Luke Kirby
as Russell
Jordan Prentice
as Warren Fensky
Michael Cram
as Doc Baker
Lawrence Bayne
as Uncle Hank
Sarah Podemski
as Charmaine
Raoul Bhaneja
as Dr. Gaffney
Tony Nappo
as Fisherman
Barbara Gordon
as Mrs. Armstrong
Jaiden Mitchell
as Little Wing
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Critic Reviews for Empire of Dirt

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

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.

November 21, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Empire of Dirt is a too-neatly structured look at a couple of First Nations mother-daughter pairs coping with traumas both fresh and ancestral, whose descent into Canadian storytelling clichés is so pronounced.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Empire of Dirt is a simple family drama, but well crafted to fit the story it wants to tell.

November 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

[A] well-intentioned and finely crafted drama that explores the legacy of the love deficit created by white government intervention in First Nations communities via residential schools.

November 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

...ultimately most successful as a showcase for Gee's thoroughly impressive turn as the central character.

September 20, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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