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Sovereign Soil

  • Albert A. Thornbrough Building, Room 1200 University of Guelph 80 South Ring Road East Guelph, ON, N1G Canada (map)


David Curtis | CANADA

91 min

Supported by the Central Student Association

At the far-flung edge of Canada’s boreal forest, outside the tiny sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, 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.

Over the course of a year, Dawson filmmaker David Curtis follows these resilient, unassuming farmers—including a German immigrant, a young family that taps birch trees for syrup, a First Nations youth, and a matriarch who can shoot and quarter a moose—exploring life, death, and time through the simple, rich day-to-day of people deeply tied to the wilds.

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.

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Albert A. Thornbrough Building (U of G)

Tickets: $15/ $5 (students)

***First 50 students FREE!!!!***

Event: Food security talkback with filmmakers David Curtis and (former Guelphite) Andrew Connors, and  Alison Blay-Palmer (Director of the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems)

Earlier Event: November 3
Our Dance of Revolution
Later Event: November 6
Community Screening: Water Docs