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"A unique, inspiring look at a community's struggle to keep a grip on its valued way of life."

- Wenonah Hauter, Exec Dir, Food & Water Action


Between 2011 and 2016, drilling for oil in America reached an unprecedented peak, setting off a modern day gold rush in one of the most rural communities in the country: Trenton, North Dakota. Kalie Rider and her older brother Jed are both striving to rebuild farming in their family, having suffered the foreclosure of their parents' farm during the traumatic 1980s farm crisis.


When their uncle Roger makes a decision to sell a piece of his land, it sets off a domino effect of industrialization in Trenton. Now, with the church being eyed for a diesel refinery, the community becomes riven by competing interests. While Jed faces the possibility of having to uproot his young family and move away, Kalie learns to organize and resist.


Through its lyrical core, the film challenges the notion of "progress" as it questions the long term human consequences of short term approaches to land use, decisions that ultimately affect all Americans, rural and urban alike.

  • Year
    2018
  • Runtime
    70 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Rita Baghdadi, Jeremiah Hammerling
  • Producer
    Rita Baghdadi, Jeremiah Hammerling, Joshua Hammerling (Associate)
  • Executive Producer
    Jeremiah Hammerling, Alexandra Johnes
  • Co-Producer
    Jeff Consiglio
  • Cinematographer
    Rita Baghdadi, Jeremiah Hammerling
  • Editor
    Rita Baghdadi, Jeff Consiglio
  • Composer
    Bc Campbell