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Cinematheque at Home: Sovereign Soil

Held over! Plays July 3 - 24
Directed by David Curtis
2019, Canada, 91 min

Sovereign Soil is an ode to the beauty of this ferocious, remote land and the wisdom of those who’ve chosen to call it home. At the edge of Canada’s boreal forest, outside the tiny sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, a handful of farmers are growing everything from snow-covered Brussels sprouts to apples. Dawson filmmaker David Curtis follows these resilient, unassuming farmers over the course of a year.One young family taps birch trees for syrup, homeschooling their children in the steam of boiling sap. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in youth, raised hunting and trapping, who now weeds rows of lettuce on his self-governing First Nation’s teaching farm; the couple grafting fruit trees; the tomato wizard grappling with chronic illness; and the matriarch who can shoot and quarter a moose, are all in it for the same reason—a profound love of the land.


Cinematheque at Home – curated by the Cinematheque – will offer new theatrical releases every week which our audiences can pay to stream through our website (by clicking the ‘buy tickets’ button). This is not only an opportunity for our patrons to see new cinema, but is an important way that they can continue to support independent film during this pandemic.

Reviews

The film shows us powerful stories: large shifts in Indigenous reclamation of land and identity; small, kind moments of a German farmer gifting an extra bag of arugula; and funny, heart-warming tales of husband and wife working and farming in the soil together...
- Cormac O'Brien, Great Distractions.
The film takes us through all the seasons, tapping sap from birch trees in April, starting seedlings in a greenhouse, getting out the rototiller and the tractor later on and right to the fall harvest. And we see a thriving market system as the growers sell their produce.
- Volkmar Richter, Canada's National Observer.
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We’re located in the heart of Winnipeg's historic Exchange District in the Artspace building. We are across the street from Old Market Square at the corner of Arthur Street and Bannatyne - one block west of Main.

The Winnipeg Film Group is located on Treaty 1 Territory and on the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples and in the homeland of the Métis Nation. We offer our respect and gratitude to the traditional caretakers of this land.

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