With some of the world’s largest fracking operations on his territory, Caleb Behn, a young indigenous leader and lawyer in British Columbia, struggles to reconcile the teachings of his Dene tribe with the Canadian law intended to protect his ancestral land. His dynamic presence and his ability to straddle these two worlds set him apart as a torchbearer in a worldwide movement of resistance, but the pressures of leadership reveal deep fractures in Behn’s identity, and in the life of the communities he represents.


Directed and produced by Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher. Introduced by Melissa Bisagni, Film and Media Initiatives Program Manager, National Museum of the American Indian.

Fractured Land

2015 US 75 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Energy & Resources, Global Perspectives, Indigenous Voices