When single mom Lena (Gee) realizes that her daughter may be in danger of succumbing to the same addiction issues she herself faced, she decides to leave the city with her and return home to her estranged mother (Podemski) in the rural community of her youth. The homecoming forces Lena to deal with her past and raises issues that test all three generations of this family of spirited women.
Powerful and inspiring, Empire of Dirt was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture.
“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.” — Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
Luke Kirby, Jennifer Podemski, Shay Eyre, Cara Gee
Empire of Dirt is filmed and set in Ontario. Peter Stebbings is from British Columbia.