Northern BC-based fracking doc ‘Fractured Land’ wins Best BC Film at VIFF

first_imgA documentary about fracking in the north won Best BC Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival this past weekend.Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damein Gillis first premiered ‘Fractured Land’ at Toronto’s Hot Docs back in April.- Advertisement -It tells the story of Caleb Behn, a law student fighting to find the balance between respecting the environment and respecting the industries threatening the wilderness he grew up hunting in, but also providing many of his family members with work.The documentary took nearly five years to film – four of those years were spent filming Behn during law school.Altogether, he has 11 years of post-secondary schooling under his belt. Behn attended UNBC for his undergraduate years so he could be closer to home, and has earned a law degree at UVic since filming wrapped. He has plans to get a masters and doctorate in law with time.Now, Behn is the Lands & Resource Manager for the West Moberly First Nation, where his grandfather on his mother’s side – John Dokkie, Sr. – was the chief for 20 years. His other grandfather, George Behn, was the chief of the Fort Nelson First Nation for 27 years.Advertisement “In this day and age, when most media is really simplistic, dichotomist, really us vs. them, you really lose that subtlety.”A schedule for screenings of Fractured Land here in the Peace Region should be available soon, said Behn. “People think I’m an activist, and anti-industry. But if you watch the film, my mom is in the industry. My family is in the industry. My uncles are legit, legendary welders,” he said. “They’re proud of that, I would never take that away from them, and be like ‘You’re part of the machine! How dare you!’ It’s way more complicated.”Generating raving reviews, Behn thinks Fractured Land struck a chord with many people because it portrayed the complication of environmental issues that comes with fracking and other big industrial projects.“The people from the south, the people from urban centres, they don’t get it, they really don’t. This film is designed to make people kind of confront their own privilege, in the cities in the South, and say, ‘Oh. It’s not quite that simple.’”One example he brings up is the recent news story of Miley Cyrus’s opposition to BC’s wolf cull, saying multi-generation farmers are seeing firsthand how industry has helped predators ‘eradicate a critical species’ – and these issues aren’t as simple as ‘for’ or ‘against.’Advertisementlast_img

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