Canada • 99 minutes • 2013
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Three generations of women take centre stage as family drama and past mistakes are unearthed. Lena is a 28-year-old single mother trying to make ends meet and determined not to let her rebellious 13-year-old daughter, Peeka, follow in her footsteps. When Peeka gets involved in a bad scene, and with social services on her tail, Lena makes a desperate decision to take her daughter and go on the run. She begrudgingly returns to her rural hometown and seeks shelter from her estranged mother, Minnie. Personal demons return to haunt them and threaten to tear the tenuous family bonds apart. Directed by Peter Stebbings, Empire of Dirt is a bold feature film debut from producer and actor Jennifer Podemski and features breakout performances by Cara Gee and Shahiyela Pourier-Eyre.