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Sovereign Soil

Director(s)
David Curtis
Country
Canada
Year
2019
Duration
91 min
Language
Multilingual with French subtitles
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A handful of unlikely farmers are growing everything from snow-covered Brussels sprouts to apples. These modern-day agrarians have carved out small patches of fertile soil in an otherwise unforgiving expanse of isolated wilderness to make a living and a life.

One young family taps birch trees for syrup, homeschooling their children in the steam of boiling sap, and lovingly scratching the rumps of their pigs before slaughter. A third-generation German horticulturalist, struggling to keep moose out of his radishes, alters Dawson’s food supply while facing the limits of agriculture in the North. 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. (SovereignSoilFilm)

Sovereign Soil feeds body and soul – Rabble

Official selection – Guelph Film Festival 2019
Official selection – Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020

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Director(s)
David Curtis
Country
Canada
Year
2019
Duration
91 min
Language
Multilingual with French subtitles