DƏNE YI’INJETL | The Scattering of Man (With Director Q&A!)

Unwilling participants in a wave of development that led to the creation of the largest hydroelectric project in the history of British Columbia, Canada, the Tsay Keh Dene people found themselves displaced from their land amidst the rising waters. 

Between 1960 and 1961 the Province of British Columbia, then led by the Premier W.A.C. Bennett, underwent a series of nationalizations in order to create Provincial “Crown corporations”. This initiative included the creation of what is now known as BC Hydro.

In 1968, BC Hydro completed construction on the W.A.C Bennett Dam and began flooding the Rocky Mountain Trench in northern British Columbia, Canada. The resulting flood greatly impacted the Tsay Keh Dene people who have inhabited this area since time immemorial.

DƏNE YI’INJETL | The Scattering of Man  is told from the perspective of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation and its membership about the events that took place before and after the flood. Viewed by many critics as a Provincial vanity project, development of the dam was pushed forward and completed ahead of schedule, with little thought given to the resulting impacts that the natural environment and Tsay Keh Dene people would soon face.

D?NE YI’INJETL | The Scattering of Man is the first documentary feature directed by Luke Gleeson. Along with its impressive aesthetic and narrative qualities, the film presents the perspective of Gleeson’s community, which continues to suffer from the project’s environmental, cultural, and social repercussions.

This screening of D?NE YI’INJETL | The Scattering of Man is supported by BC Hydro.

Tuesday, November 29 Director in Attendance for Q&A!
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
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DƏNE YI’INJETL | THE SCATTERING OF MAN (Luke Gleeson, 2021 / 75 mins / PG) is told from the perspective of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation and its membership about the events that took place before and after the flood. Viewed by many critics as a Provincial vanity project, development of the dam was pushed forward and completed ahead of schedule, with little thought given to the resulting impacts that the natural environment and Tsay Keh Dene people would soon face.

Built on the Peace River, in a breathtaking valley in the Rocky Mountain Trench, the W.A.C. Bennett Dam drastically transformed the territory inhabited for millennia by the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation. The hydroelectric megaproject was built in 1968 by government-owned BC Hydro. The dam took seven years to complete and resulted in the flooding of a large area to create a massive reservoir. D?NE YI'INJETL | The Scattering of Man is the first documentary feature directed by Luke Gleeson. Along with its impressive aesthetic and narrative qualities, the film presents the perspective of Gleeson’s community, which continues to suffer from the project’s environmental, cultural, and social repercussions.

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