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KONELĪNE: OUR LAND BEAUTIFUL

KONELĪNE: OUR LAND BEAUTIFUL

Nettie Wild · Canada · 2016 · 96 mins · PG
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WINNER! BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY! –Hot Docs 2016


BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY NOMINEE --Academy of Canadian Cinema

B
eautiful British Columbia: like last year’s doc 'Haida Gwaii,' Nettie Wild’s extraordinary 'KONELĪNE: our land beautiful' takes us beyond the Lower Mainland to reveal the stunning landscape to the north, and to chart the tension between a still relatively pristine beauty and the scars that economic development inevitably brings in the form of resource extraction and power lines. 

What sets 'KONELĪNE: our land beautiful' apart is that it seeks to find the poetry of everyone in front of the lens - from diamond drillers to elders who protest against them. (Also like 'Haida Gwaii.'  'KONELĪNE: our land beautiful'  was awarded the Best Canadian Feature Documentary prize at HotDocs earlier this year.)

First and foremost a rhapsodic visual response to a place and the people in it, 'KONELĪNE: our land beautiful' engages the senses with its ravishing aerial views and staggering vistas (as well as its superb, subtle sound design). On at least three separate occasions, Wild catches something thrillingly new and raw on camera, whether it’s a moose coming to a sticky end, horses being cajoled across a torrential river, or a power transmission tower being painstaking lowered into place by a massive helicopter. Then there’s the sequence when fish are airlifted up river for their own protection… 

And the scenes where a Tahltan First Nation discusses his efforts to learn his native tongue ("KONELĪNE" means "our land beautiful")… By no means a polemic, the film is instead a meditation on different cultures, different conceptions of time and value, and a glimpse of the something that will surely outlast us all. –Vancouver International Film Festival

”Transcendent, breathtaking spectacle….she let the camera hunt for art in every frame, mining veins of abstract beauty rather than sharp nuggets of political narrative. .” - Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's

“A feast for the eyes… [we are] in the hands of an expert story teller. - POV

“Breathtaking… gripping… finds beauty in unexpected places.” -David Perri, THE NORTHERN MINER

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