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Empire of Dirt

Directed by Peter Stebbings
Canada, 2013
Drama, Family


Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past, in this powerful and affecting drama from actor-turned-director Peter Stebbings (Defendor).

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Empire of Dirt Directed by Peter Stebbings

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

2013 | Special Mention: Best Canadian Feature Film (Special Jury Citation)

Genie Awards

2014 | Winner: Original Screenplay

2014 | 4 nominations including: Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Empire of Dirt

    Pretty generic story that never sings despite some fair performances from its three female leads. Stebbings' sophomore film couldn't be more different then his first (Defondor) but suffers similar scripting problems. A single mother takes her troubled daughter back to her family home hoping to break the patterns of behaviour that run through their family with some timely tragedy throughout. One ending too many too.

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