Land of Destiny

Tue, 07/19/2011 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Co-presented with Red Channels
Screening followed by a Q&A with Director Brett Story

A hard-working petrochemical town is rocked by revelations that its workers suffer an epidemic of cancers. But even more terrifying is the looming spectre of deindustrialization and joblessness. In the rich fabric of the city’s landscape - rows of boarded storefronts, the bright sprawl of petrochemical plants and the swollen rooms of 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. A portrait of a working-class city in paralysis and a meditation on work and place in the modern economy, Land of Destiny offers a poignant and universal story about work, community, and struggle in an era of globalization.

Brett Story | 2010 | 78 min

Post-Screening Q&A

Brett Story is an independent documentary filmmaker based out of Montreal and Toronto, Canada. Her first film, Going Condo, followed the struggle of community activists as they battled the gentrification of one Montreal’s oldest working-class neighborhoods. As well as holding a degrees from McGill University and the University of Oxford, Brett has worked extensively as a freelance journalist, writing and producing video for publications such as The Nation, The Montreal Mirror, and This Magazine. The director of numerous short experimental non-fiction films, Brett is now currently working toward a PhD in geography at the University of Toronto. Land of Destiny is her first feature-length film.

Red Channels is an open collective. They have organized screenings and discussions at Anthology Film Archives, BAMcinematek, Bluestockings, The Brecht Forum, e-flux, Flux Factory, Maysles Cinema, 92Y-Tribeca, 16Beaver, Spectacle Theater, and UnionDocs among others. In 2011, they traveled to Chicago and San Francisco, and will soon be visiting a number of cities in Europe. The collective has produced 8 short videos, as well as 5 publications, both in print and online, of collected and original writings. Their work has been screened at The Brecht Forum, Brooklyn Community Access Television, Flux Factory, International House Philadelphia, MNN, MassArt, MoMA PS1, New Nothing Cinema, 92Y-Tribeca, Philadelphia Community Access Media, La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez, and Spectacle Theater.


$6 / DCTV & Red Channels Members
$8 / Shooting People, DocuClub, NYWIFT, IFP Members, and students with ID
$10 / General