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'Native is not a genre' say Empire of Dirt stars

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Jian speaks with first time feature film producer Jennifer Podemski and actress Cara Gee about Empire of Dirt - a film that is both a universal and distinctly contemporary Aboriginal story.


The film, an official selection at TIFF and this year's ImagiNATIVE film fest, follows three generations of First Nation women battling both individual and inherited demons. The script has been described as brimming with "sharp, candid dialogue and memorable characters imbued with refreshingly human flaws and contradictions".

Podemski, who also plays a leading role in the film, said the filmmakers balanced universality and specificity by having "universal situations that come from a cultural place".

"We told a really human story in a really human way," added Gee. "These women happen to be Native."

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Jian poses with Cara Gee, centre, and Jennifer Podemski post-interview (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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