Cinematheque at Home: Sovereign Soil

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1h 31m | Documentary

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.

Studio: Winnipeg Cinematheque
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