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The town of Hyder, Alaska, population 87, is separated from American government and bureaucracy by immense wilderness. For the few remaining residents of this old mining town, their closest neighbour for miles in any direction is the almost equally isolated town of Stewart, British Columbia, on which they rely for groceries and other basic services. This bizarre geopolitical anomaly serves merely as a backdrop for Vancouver-based director Tony Massil’s subtle yet perceptive character study of Jim, Carl and Ken, three reclusive men who have sought shelter in this place. 

Despite fiercely valuing a quiet and independent existence, the men are eager to discuss anything from politics and ancient history, to religion and climate change as Massil follows them through their daily routines. Set against the backdrop of the 2016 American election news cycle, the men share a sense of impending doom. Referring to society beyond the towering, snow-capped mountains that surround Hyder and Stewart, Jim says from the safety of his isolated cottage: “It’s Armageddon waiting to happen.” -MS

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    72 minutes
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    Tony Massil