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In this still from Koneline: Our Land Beautiful, a diamond driller and sunrise are pictured over Northwest BC.

4 out of 4 stars

Title
Koneline: Our Land Beautiful
Written by
Nettie Wild
Directed by
Nettie Wild
Classification
PG
Country
Canada
Language
English

This subtle, beautiful and remarkably even-handed documentary examines what it means to live near the Red Chris gold and copper mine among the sweeping landscapes of northwestern British Columbia. Filmmaker Nettie Wild skillfully juxtaposes a soundtrack of gentle ruminations about nature, culture and economics spoken by local band members, white hunters and mine workers with a meditative film of ceaseless activity: Geologists consider core samples, line workers pull electrical cables, elders blockade a road, locals rescue stranded salmon, hunters shoot a moose. All these people have a stake in the land, and the mine poses the painful dilemma of economics versus environmentalism.

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