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Fractured Land

Has world premiere at Hot Docs on April 28, 2015

March 19 2015

Toronto, ON (March 19, 2015) -- "Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with." That's how renowned climate activist Bill McKibben describes Caleb Behn, the charismatic subject of the Canadian feature documentary Fractured Land, which will have its world premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on April 28 at 9:00 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

With some of the world's largest fracking operations on his territory, Caleb Behn, a young indigenous leader and lawyer confronts the fractures within his community, his family, and himself as he struggles to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.

The coming-of-age story, produced and directed by first-time feature filmmakers Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher, follows Behn, a young First Nations lawyer from northeast BC as he grapples with the impact of hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") on his territory. Caleb's mother is a high-ranking oil and gas officer trying to make change from the inside; his father a residential school survivor and staunch environmentalist. Intelligent, articulate and speaking with conviction, Caleb has learned how to straddle these two different worlds, whether hunting beaver, throwing hatchets or studying legal briefs.

"This is not an environmental or 'issue' film," notes filmmaker Gillis. "Yet through Caleb's intensely personal journey, we're able to delve deep into important topics like fracking, resource politics and Canada's dark colonial legacy."

Vancouver-based co-director/co-producer Rayher adds: "Caleb is such a compelling and inspiring character. It's fascinating to watch him blend modern tools of the law with traditional knowledge, while providing great insight and access to his world."

Executive producers of Fractured Land are Mark Achbar and Charlotte Engel. The film will have its broadcast premiere on CBC's documentary Channel later this year.