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PROGRAMMERS NOTES

It has been over 50 years since B.C. Hydro constructed the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, flooding the Rocky Mountain Trench in the Northern interior of British Columbia. At the time, there seemed to be no consideration given to the people who had inhabited the land—the Tsay Keh Dene Nation, a Sekani speaking band known as “People of the Mountains.” They were displaced and left to deal with the devastation to their land and resources.

Now, filmmaker Luke Gleeson, who is also a member of Tsay Keh Dene Nation, is finally telling their story. Carefully crafted over a period of five years DƏNE YI’INJETL: The Scattering of Man is a reflective documentary that examines the lives of the members of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation since the time of the flood. Through the interviews, which are edited (Yves Grundler) often counter to the archival footage of the time, we come to understand the gravity and long-lasting environmental and social impact of the man-made flood that echo to this day—like the dust storms that affect the respiratory health of the residents in the region.

Exquisitely shot (D.P. Tim Cote), the film captures the majesty and vastness of the Northern B.C. natural terrain, immersing the viewer in the landscape, which is made more spellbinding by the original score (David James McLeod).

Though we are told about the hardship of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation, this is a story of the perseverance of a people and culture. They are stewards of the land, working to revitalize it for future generations.

Marina Hanna

In Person Screening at Paradise Cinemas, 1006 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M2. Monday, October 25 at 5:30PM + 30 Minute Q&A

DƏNE YI’INJETL: The Scattering of Man

Glezhe Na’che (Luke Gleeson)

Director:

Luke Gleeson is a member of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation, a Sekani speaking people, known as “People of the Mountains” who inhabit and protect the headwaters and upper tributaries of the Peace River and Rocky Mountain Trench in northern British Columbia. In the north, a lot of time is spent on the land, observing the beauty of the natural environment that surrounds us. The inspiration from which is evident in the rich arts and culture of the Tsay Keh Dene people. Luke has worked and played in these northern ecosystems for most of his life and utilizes concepts of water, natural states and Tsay Keh Dene culture as metaphors in his music, art and film. After many years in lands and resource management, Luke has begun to shift back into the artistic world and is an emerging filmmaker, film score composer and consultant who culturally identifies as Glezhe Na’che and has written and performed music under this appellation.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Glezhe Na’che (Luke Gleeson)

Producer

Tsay Key Dene Nation, Mesilinka Films

Cinematographer

Tim Cote

Editor

Yves Grundler

Principal Cast

Bob Pierre, Francis Isaac, Seymour Isaac, Jean Isaac

Glezhe Na’che (Luke Gleeson)

DOCUMENTARY | 75 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | TORONTO PREMIERE

DƏNE YI’INJETL: The Scattering of Man