Koneline: our land beautiful, directed by Genie Award-winning director Nettie Wild, opens with the construction of hydro lines to remote northwestern British Columbia, aided by the world’s largest helicopter. This part of the province is isolated and underdeveloped, and as we see from the amazing CinemaScope photography, home to a stunning wilderness of trees, rivers and mountains. It’s also the home to the Tahltan Nation, the local indigenous group, who in early scenes protest the increased development in the region, for the hydro lines merely precede planned copper and gold mines.
Although the documentary shows some scenes of Native road blocks interposed with the environmental impact of the mines, the documentary isn’t about the impact of development on the Tahltan Nation or their resistance to the encroachment. It is, however, a love poem to the amazing vista, geography and people of northern BC. And, most of all, it’s a reflection of the changing times.
The movie isn’t concerned about a strong narrative arc. Nor is it concerned with setting up a dichotomy of Native people versus the rest of Canada. It’s pointed out early that many of the people working on the hydro lines and in the mines are Native, and some of the people opposed to the development aren’t Native.
It is, however, a CinemaScope exploration of the land. Because the movie is exquisitely shot and epic in breath, take the opportunity to see this movie on the big screen.