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Land of Destiny (2010)

Status: Available for broadcast

Film Trailer

"Land of Destiny - is about a hard-working petrochemical town that is rocked by revelations that its workers suffer an epidemic of cancers. But even more terrifying is the looming promise of deindustrialization and joblessness. - Dying may be inevitable but having good work is not..."

About the Film

A PORTRAIT OF WORK, LANDSCAPE AND COMMUNITY IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION

In the rich fabric of Sarnia Ontario's landscape - the bright sprawl of petrochemical plants, swollen hospital wards and crowded bars - one finds a microcosm of the 21st century.

Tattooed men serving fries, basement musicians, boilermakers and volunteer firemen, heartbroken widows and an optimistic mayor - the lives of a diverse medley of characters intersect to reveal the dramas and contradictions of an industrial town out of sync with a post-industrial world. As the dystopian architecture of the petrochemical plants, squatted like crushed space stations just meters away from homes and schoolyards, give way to the spaces that make this city a community, we begin to see what it is that everyone seems so afraid to lose.

LAND OF DESTINY is a tender portrait of a working-class city in paralysis and a devastating investigation into when and for what people fight for.

Film Details

FILM CREDITS

MUSIC CREDITS

  • This Old World
    Written and performed by Daniel L. Beckman and Uke of Spaces Corners
    Recording courtesy of Turned Word Records (TRD W/d records)
    From the Album “So Far on the Way” 2006
  • From Our Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water: Part One
    Written and performed by The Brothers Pus
    Recording courtesy of Johnny Kember and James Provencher 2007
  • Regarding the Warm Front
    Written by Simone Schmidt & Ian Russell
    Performed by One Hundred Dollars
    Recording courtesy of One Hundred Dollars, 2010
  • Raggyrag
    Written and performed by Ben Shemie
    Recording courtesy of Ben Shemie 2010
  • Doomsday Diner Memories
    Written and performed by Thierry Amar
    Recording courtesy of Thierry Amar 2010
  • Breathe Easy
    Written and performed by Joshua Marcus & Friends
    Recording courtesy of Joshua Marcus & Contraphonic Records
    From the Album “Reverse the Charges” 2008
  • Large Bells
    Written and performed by Thierry Amar
    Recording courtesy of Thierry Amar 2010
  • Suspense de Vent
    Written and performed by Désormais
    Recording courtesy of Intr-version Records, 2002
  • French-Fry Swing
    Written and performed by Ben Shemie
    Recording courtesy of Ben Shemie 2010
  • Light Green Fellow
    Written and performed by Michael Hurley
    Courtesy of Michael Hurley
    From the Album “Armchair Boogie ” 1969
    Published by Snocko Music (BMI) administered by Bug
  • A Mask
    Written and performed by Alden Penner
    Recording courtesy of Alden Penner 2001
  • Magnificent Desolation
    Written and performed by The Brothers Pus
    Recording courtesy of Johnny Kember and James Provencher 2008
  • Dead End
    Written and performed by Fernando Pinzon
    Recording courtesy of Fernando Pinzon, 2010
  • Nothing's Alright
    Written by Simone Schmidt & Ian Russell
    Performed by One Hundred Dollars
    Recording courtesy of Blue Fog Recordings and One Hundred Dollars, 2010
    From the album Forest of Tears, 2008
  • Royal Blood
    Written and performed by The Witchies
    Recorded by Vincent moon and Nora Bouazzouni
    Mixed by François Clos
    Acousitic version, POP Montreal 2009
    Creative Commons License: Attribution Share Alike

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Press Reviews

  • July 05, 2011..."Valley workers are loyal - Documentary reveals local employees protective of industry... "  -  The Observer
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  • Nov 1, 2010 ... "Ontario's Ministry of the Environment has failed to deal with medical consequences of Sarnia industrial plants, says first nations ..."  -  The Globe and Mail
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  • Oct 13, 2010..."The issues raised in Land of Destiny could be filed as a human rights concern... "  -  Eyeweekly.com

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