Filmmaker Nettie Wild finds cinematic poetry in 'polarized' mining debate
The Red Chris Mine is a large-scale mining project in an area known as the golden triangle, a copper and gold rich area in northern B.C.
Like most resource development projects, the mine is controversial. Especially so because it's located on Tahltan First Nation territory — that's what's pulling Oscar Dennis, a Tahltan First Nation man, the other way.
The Tahltan First Nation land is one of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth. But the mine represents an economic lifeline. It's that tension, and that beautiful natural backdrop, that's explored in a new documentary film, Koneline: Our Land Beautiful, by Canadian filmmaker Nettie Wild.
Wild is known for her work documenting politically fraught stories, from addiction in the downtown east side of Vancouver, to the Zapatista Movement in Mexico. But with this film, she says she wanted to create a cinematic poem — one that represents all the people who live and work on the land. Wild hopes people watching the film can experience the beauty that might otherwise be written off.
Koneline: Our Land Beautiful is screening at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch.